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The George Soros Saga: Antisemitism, Conspiracies, and Influence
"Billion-a-year Fillon therapist mega donor George Soros has long been the villain of conspiracy theories. He has also been a target of politicians and pundits on the right who resent his fierce opposition to George W Bush and Donald. Trump, they also object to his philanthropy support of liberal causes support most clearly defined by his mega donations. Earlier this month, the open society foundations, the ill philanthropic group founded by Mr Soros announced it would invest one hundred, fifty million dollars in grants for black lead, racial justice groups, and another seventy million toward local grants for criminal justice reform. The announcement came amid protests in the streets and calls for racial justice sparked by the murder of George. Floyd. Minneapolis those protests, some of which have turned violent have fuelled critics to view those donations as efforts to foment anarchy and back government corruption emily. Tamken. saw these critiques and conspiracy theories already building steam and two thousand sixteen which inspired her to research and write the influence. Of Soros, her latest Book Emily Welcome. Thank you so much for having me on the show so far listeners. Let's take a step back and start with WHO is George Soros not who the conspiracy theorists say he is but who is he really and what causes does he support and why? George. Is a Hungarian born American billionaire he is very influential in three realms the realm of finance, the rubber philanthropy, and the realm of politics in finance. He was a very famous and successful hedge fund manager. He's maybe the most famous and successful currency speculator in the history of finance, and then you know in the nineteen seventies after making a lot of money, he decides to start giving away some of that money to the cause of what he calls open society. The title comes the Name Open Society comes. From this book by Karl. Popper who was Soros's tutor at the London School of Economics and basically the premise of open society and its enemies is that this gross over simplification but basically, the premise is that you know neither you nor I can really know the truth. So what we're supposed to do is all of us together in a society come together and we discuss and debate, and we try to reach this perfect understanding and practice that's meant giving students scholarships. It's meant setting up a university in. It's meant you know after the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc in Suva Union paying for Internet for various government ministries and trying to connect people to information. He's also a big an influential figure in politics beginning in two thousand four. In the United States, he decided that he really wanted George W Bush out of office and became a major political donor. So I think you know I WANNA be careful to make clear that the political spending is separate from thirty but because he's this major philanthropic and also major political donor and because the political donations or not exclusively, but do tend to be four Democrats in liberal causes. I think that that colors the perception of some not just on the right but particularly, some people on the right in the United States. So source is a Hungarian. Jewish emigrant right tell us more about his upbringing and how it informed his philanthropy and political activism nineteen thirty Hungary is the Inter war period between World War One and World War Two prior to World War One Jews in the Hungarian part of the austro-hungarian Empire were more assimilated than many other Jews in Europe. They really saw themselves. Many of them saw themselves as Hungarian were part of the Hungarian national project report of this Lake Glittering Budapest life world we're one happens Hungary is on the losing side they lose a lot of their territory in the tree of and all, which is like the austro-hungarian version of the treaty of Versailles. And for a variety of reasons, the Jews are scapegoated for this. So you have these he's born into this world where you start having a Jewish quotas laws meant to persecute Jews, and this is. Even, before World War Two, his father has them changed their name from shorts to Soros to seem less obviously Jewish in this increasingly hostile environment his father had previously like escaped. Prison camp in Siberia during World War, one and made his way back to Hungary during the Russian civil war. So he knew something about survival. World to comes and there's there's not the occupation and there's the Arrow Cross which is like the Hungarian variant. He sees his father as this great protective figure who helped other people the father. was procured bull forged embargo documents of the Soros family and friends in front of friends could hide out is Christians during during the time, but he also he's persecuted for being Jewish he then after world, War Two is living under a certainly not the same kind of persecution but under a repressive oppressive socialist regime and I think that this is two things one, it makes this concept of society where we can all debate and discuss very attractive and I also think that for him because he was persecuted on the basis of his ethnicity religion. That inspired in him. The understanding that it was important to try to help whatever group was caught under the wheel at a given moment with this history and background in mind. IS IT ANTI Semitic to criticize Mr Soros and the causes he supports I'm not saying the criticizing Soros is. Anti Semitic I think he's done things that you can criticise part of the reason that I wrote this book is that it should be what he is actually done and the money that he's actually spent not money that he has never spent and thinks he has never going to do that to me is when it trips over into in antisemitic conspiratorial.
The Year Without a Summer
"The heat of summer is well and truly here in the Northern Hemisphere, the hot humid days just won't let up and living in new. York City I continue to be frustrated that central air conditioning is not as ubiquitous in homes and businesses, as it is in most parts of the southern United States where I grew up. Then, of course, it's always been substantially hotter in those southern states, although with climate change, the northeast is heating up more and more, but that does make me think sometimes. How the heck did people survive before? Joining especially in those very hot climates, farmers ALMANAC A few insights nothing to mind blowing people would take day trips to swing holes or up. To cooler weather, they kept windows and doors shut at midday to keep out hot air and delayed cooking or baking. Until the evening they ate refreshing. Cool treats and was available in homes, blue fans across blocks of ice, the biggest factor most likely however was it simply wasn't as hot as it is now at least in terms of extremes, quoting farmers, Almanac, the extra ordinarily hot summers that are commonplace today were virtually unheard of fifty to one hundred years ago in fact, seven of the top ten coolest, US summers on record occurred nineteen, hundred and nineteen fifty and quotes. There was one year however over two centuries ago now that it was a lot cooler. Eighteen Sixteen Aka the year without a summer quoting farmers. ALMANAC referred to by many names, including the poverty year and eighteen hundred and froze to death, the year eighteen sixteen was literally a year without a summer across much of the northern hemisphere throughout not only North America, but also northern Europe and parts of Asia in exceptionally cold summer, featuring killing frosts in July in August crippled food production crop failures in food shortages were. Were so widespread that rioting and looting became common in the United Kingdom and France on this side of the Atlantic. Many residents of New England and the Canadian Maritimes froze to death, starved, or suffered from severe malnutrition, as storms, bringing foot, or more of snow, hit hard during May and June. Many others from the region pulled up stakes and move to western New York in the Mid West where the cold was less severe. In fact, the year without a summer is now believed to have been one major catalyst in the westward expansion of the United States and quotes Nicole may have been less severe in the southern and Western us, but it was still highly unusual on July fourth eighteen sixteen. It was forty six degrees Fahrenheit in Savannah Georgia. For the record this year on July fourth and Savannah, it was ninety degrees. So. Why did this happen? It was due to one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history Indonesia's Tamboura. The volcano erupted on April Fifth Eighteen fifteen, continuing to up for a week and killing nearly all of the twelve thousand residents of Tim, Bora as well as almost all plants in animal life on the island, quoting the Paris review, countless tons of volcanic. Volcanic ash circulated in the upper atmosphere for years after the events blocked out sunlight and lowering average surface temperatures globally in parts, of North, America Europe temperatures dropped by more than eighteen degrees. Fahrenheit there was snow in New England July and dark rain clouds swept over Europe throughout the summer months in Hungary reports of Brown snowfall, tainted by volcanic ash and quotes. Understandably many thought the world was ending that the sun was dying. It's really fascinating. Though is some of the cultural ripples that this massive event caused. You may be familiar with the story of how Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein as part of a spooky storytelling challenge when she percy shelley and Lord Byron and friends were holed up in a villa in Geneva. One stormy summer turns out. It was this dark, thunderous apocalyptic. Apocalyptic summer of eighteen sixteen. The crew had gone to Geneva, both to ride out the unusually rainy summer, but also to escape their various dramas in England, being stuck indoors for so much of their trip Lord. Byron challenged them all to write ghost stories to entertain one. Another Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein which would set the stage for all of science fiction to come? Also among the Geneva Villa guests was Lord Byron's personal physician Dr John Polidori. Who wrote short story for the challenge called the vampire, and this story is often credited with the birth of the Modern Vampire Romance. But those genre defining publications aren't the only cultural institutions to come out of the summer last year of Eighteen, sixteen among the mini shortages across Europe was a crucial shortage of oats which led to the starvation and deaths of countless humans and livestock, including at least ten thousand horses, not counting how many were also slaughtered to save money or become dinner German? Baron Carl Dreyer's and inventor in student of mathematics started trying to design a man powered form of transportation, while historians agree that he was inspired by the weather based os shortage. He also saw a need for an alternative to horses as crucial for war. Quoting the Paris review his first designs for human powered transportation involved complex conveyor belt, driven four wheeled vehicles, but raises breakthrough came when he turned his thoughts to balance drawing on his experiences, skating on ice ponds drains, put his faith in the power momentum and front wheel, steering to keep a two wheel vehicle rate. This idea became his love, machine or running machine and quotes, and this running machine would become the modern day bicycle. All of this makes me think about how many things will change or be invented from this moment that we're living through. And of course there's a lot of things we're already seen, and we're likely to continue to see some big cultural shift, but like who, out there is writing the next genre defining novel that people will still be reading two centuries later. Who's inventing something that will be innovated on for decades before becoming a ubiquitous ordinary mode of transportation. Maybe won't be those types of things specifically, but there are surely ideas happening and things being created that we won't realize the impact of for decades
The Forgotten Favorites Episode
"Hey there. It's me Lisa. Lillian also known as hungry girl. I am super excited to be here for yet. Another episode of the chew the right thing podcast. How are you? Mike Jamie were good. How are you I am good less melty than I was over the weekend. It's finally cooling off. Fine a line. At least you didn't have a power failure in your house. That is so true. Thank goodness. But if you have a power failure, that's the best excuse to eat everything in the freezer. Is Facing. I was like Tonita everything well Mike. Kept telling me. Don't open the refrigerator or the freezer, so that was my reason, not to and little known fact. That's probably a known fact. I didn't know it. The CDC recommends that you can keep things in the refrigerator for up to four hours as long as you don't open the refrigerator, but after four hours with longer now I throw it all things so I think you can just never open the fridge. I, just like I remember when I, was a child in the power to go out and I want to eat everything. Like funny, it's funny I'm talking about a childhood memory because today's episode is all about forgotten favorites. It's just Retro Very Retro today which I like because I consider myself kind of retro person I feel like all of my like my sensibility, my style. My tastes are a little retro. So agree. Yeah, little, vintage vintage A. I. Don't I'll take that as a compliment. but we've got it all today. We have some tasting. We have a sponsor. We've got news. We have a rousing game of chew or false right. Columbus. I can't even believe it. I'm so excited so I think we should probably just jump on in. have. You heard of avocado milk now. Okay? Well, apparently, it's Jamie have you heard of it only because I. Go on. L.. Apparently, it's a big deal in New Zealand, and it's about to hit the US. The drink is ninety calories a cup and has made with oats, honey freeze dried avocado water and lentil extract and it also they also have a chocolate flavor along with the regular flavor, and the chocolate actually is also ninety calories. They just add cocoa to it. So, we gotta get ourselves some of this and try and try and house the fat content to. We know I didn't look grams per cup. North Bad. Okay now I would try the I trip told. It doesn't sound delicious to me, but I love trying new. Milk Products, and it's always good to check out a new chocolate milk swab, because that calorie count is pretty good so I will give it a shot, but not so excited, so this one is really more for your niece. Lauren and all the other begins out there. Have you ever heard of the Vegan? Hawaiian store called Veg, oh. Okay so it's. It's dubbed the Costco. For vegans and it's an actual story can go and pick up stuff now. It's going to be on the mainland by the end of the summer. It's going to be for delivery only so you order it on to kind of gambling. You ordered online and they they'll send out to you in I guess freeze packed. Boxes and they have every Vegan brand like everyone. I didn't have to name them all. They literally have every V and brand in the store. Oh, wow, that's really cool, so there's not going to be like an actual physical brick and mortar location. It's all online right it's going to be. They're gonNA. PUT Basically warehouses in the major cities, probably at first, and then like Amazon you'll order it, and they'll ship it out from those those warehouses interesting. Amazing I think that's going to be super popular now it's like that. Love it. There's a lot of actually vegan products. That was so funny I was just thinking like. I spend a lot of time. 'cause I am the ultimate carnivore, but I say now these days it's fifty fifty whether I reach for something. That's actually like an animal, product or something. That's made by Gardena or AMY's. That is just sort of a substitute and I love them both so I will be partaking true excellent. All right so we a sponsor this week and we have a good one. I love sponsored segments where we get to taste food and we're going to do that today, so our show today's brought to you by back to nature back to nature that sounds so healthy, doesn't it and fitting for today's episode back to you know? That's right, but this is not. It's actually not a retro ran. It's a very like hip and cool brand. That has a ton of stuff I was so excited I have to be honest about the portion control. Many chocolate chunk cookies that are incredible. They have cookies. They have crackers. You guys like Fudge Man I. Know Mike. You're like a mint. Fudge Mint Person, aren't you? Yeah I definitely love the the Mindy Fudgy things for sure said yeah, they have a fudge mint cookie. That's amazing. They have organic stone, ground, wheat, crackers, and I love the flax seed flat breads like they have these huge flat breads that are so crunchy and incredible. We had them. I think we had them at Hungary lamb for a while, and they were like everybody was just eating them like they were going out of style, which they are not there in style, but their new. New Protein crackers is what we're going to try today, so the protein crackers come in two flavors I have one flavor. You guys have another flavor and we're GONNA try them. I love them because they are made with P.. Protein pea protein is very hot right now, so these happen to be plant based and everything back to nature as plant based. I should start by saying that also so even their cookies right there Vegan right everything is plenty Everything's plant-based inspired by nature. Simple ingredients all right so. I'm going to bite into my We're GONNA. Try Wait. What flavor do you have because I have roasted garlic and Basil? Back to nature plant based PEA protein crackers. Would you have? I'm so excited. These are the whole lot of seeds, crackers, flax, Chia poppy and hemp seeds. They look so good and they're the big flat ones to which I like
China imposes sanctions on U.S. senators Rubio, Cruz over Xinjiang advocacy
"Hungary, Janus Henderson, who did this survey reckons? That's going to be about nine trillion cumulus, if speaking of debt around four companies now debt debt by itself is not good or bad. It just depends whether you can repay it or not. The authors of the forecast also say that debt has been going up faster than prophets of growing over the past few years. That is worrying, but as you alluded to interest rates around the world have been so low. Is this debt pile necessarily a problem for these companies? Well the lower interest rates off the easier. It is to pay that money back, but at some point interest rates will have to go, and that could be a problem for companies now. The worry is that when company stock coming out of the bad times caused by the corona virus. Whether they of making prophet or not. They still have to pay the interest in payback the debt. It's interesting. The chief economist of the International Monetary Fund last week was saying that perhaps governments should think again about lending money to so many companies to help save them, but think more in terms of perhaps buying shares or coming up with financial instruments that are more light buying shares equity say
Why Was a Doctor Once Ridiculed for Recommending Hand Washing?
"Even, when there isn't a pandemic gone, we all know were supposed to wash our hands especially before we eat or after we've touched something gross, but that wasn't always the case. As recently as the eighteen hundreds, a doctor was mocked for even suggesting that physicians wash their hands before working with patients, and that dear listener is how we begin the strange and sad story of Nets, some of ice, a nineteenth century doctor sometimes called the father of infection control. them vice was born in Hungary in eighteen, eighteen and graduating medical school. He started a job at Vienna. General Hospital in Austria in eighteen forty six there there. He became a gas to the mortality rate of new mothers in one of the hospitals wards. In this ward up to eighteen percent of new mothers were dying from what was then called child, bed, fever or pure berle fever. We know today that this is a fever caused by infection of the reproductive or urinary tract in new mothers? Yet another of the hospital's wards where midwives instead of doctors delivered all of the babies, only about two percent of mothers died of this then mysterious fever. similize vice began reasoning his way to the root of the problem. He considered climate and crowding, but eventually ruled those factors out in the end. The midwives themselves seems to be the only real difference between the two wards. Then Zuma vice had an epiphany one of the hospitals doctors, a pathologist accidentally nicked himself the scalpel that hit used during an autopsy of one of these unfortunate mothers. The doctor was sick and with child bed fever and he died. Zamel vice made the connection that doctors were performing autopsies on patients who died of child, had fever, and then immediately afterward going to deliver babies without stopping to wash their hands. He suspected that this was the source of the deadly problem. We spoke by with Dana Towards e eski philosophy professor at Purdue University whose name I hope I'm pronouncing correctly. She explained, basically has hypothesis here was that it was cadaveric matter from scalpels, the entered the pathologists blood, and caused the infection and same material could be transferred to the women on the hands of the doctors, because the doctors do autopsies, and then go straight to examine the women who had given birth without washing their hands, changing their clothes, or basically taking any hygienic measures at all, he then tested this hypothesis by requiring people who had performed autopsies to wash their hands with chloride of lime, a disinfectant before attending the weapon and this, the mortality rate in the first clinic fell to that of the second. You'd think that some of fellow doctors would have lauded him for this discovery, but you'd be wrong. You see in the eighteen forties. Germ theory hadn't been conceived yet. That's the theory that diseases are caused by organisms, not visible to the naked eye and people still suspected the diseases transferred from one person to another via toxic. Not Bacteria or viruses, this was called miasma theory in washing their hands. They probably wanted to be rid of whatever was causing a bad. Not to kill germs that might wreak havoc on them or someone else. We also spoke by email, but Michael Melanson, an adjunct professor of medicine at. University he said physicians of Vices. Time simply did not understand or believe that something microscopic could be wreaking such havoc on their patients. They literally believed their own is less. We feel too smug. Consider how many people currently embrace a lack of COVID, nineteen deaths among people like me geographically racially economically or otherwise as evidence that scientists are overestimating the pandemics risk. Better hand washing regimens dramatically improved death rates at the maternity ward, but some vices colleagues were at best miffed at the implication that their ignorance was killing their own patients, and perhaps implication that midwives were better at delivering babies than they were. It didn't help that Zimmer Vice essentially laid the deaths of the wards mothers at the feet of his superiors. His own supervisor countered that the hospitals new ventilation system must be the reason for the decline in maternity deaths. Also, Zimbabwe's was a Hungarian in Austria A. Working in country in the throes of xenophobia. So those doctors rejected his theories and some of ice himself as being inferior, they opted to stick with their miasma theory, and for good measure in eighteen, forty nine did not renews vices appointment. As vice eventually got a medical position in Budapest where he according to the British Medical Journal quote publicly harangued doctors nurses about hand, washing and reduced maternal mortality. He eventually published a book on the subject some fourteen years later, but it was poorly written and poorly received. Possibly, experiencing mental disorder or extreme stress from his rejection by the medical establishment, Zim of ice ended up a patient in an asylum in eighteen sixty five weeks later, he was dead of an infection from a wound that he received in the facility. She was just forty seven years old. similize left behind monumental legacy, but the tragedy of his story has made it Garner a few minutes. One of those being that demo vice was the first suggested theory about doctors transmitting germs. Kaletsky said he wasn't really a pioneer. Other people before Zamel vice had hit upon the idea that child bed fever could be transmitted from doctor or midwife to patient for example Alexander Gordon of Aberdeen showed in Seventeen Ninety. Five child had fever was almost always transmitted by doctors or midwives, and also that it was connected to a kind of streptococcal skin rash. He also thought that the best treatment was copious bleeding.
Top E.U. Court Rules Against Hungary’s N.G.O. Law
"The top court in the European Union has ruled that Hungary broke European law by restricting foreign funding of civil organizations the European Court of justice at the restrictions discriminated against both the NGOs involved arms the donors Nick Thorpe reports from Budapest the course of justice of the European Union ruled that the twenty seventeen Hungarian low on the funding of non governmental organizations from a broad formulated both fundamental rights and the free movement of capital Viktor Orban's Fidesz government argued that it was necessary to make the work of foreign funded NGOs more transparent the NGOs replied that they were far more transparent than government backed associations and that the law was designed to punish those in Hungary who stand up for human
Hungary 'broke EU law with foreign funding rules'
"The top court in the European Union has ruled that Hungary broke European law by restricting foreign funding of civil organizations the European Court of justice at the restrictions discriminated against both the NGOs involved arms the donors Nick Thorpe reports from Budapest the course of justice of the European Union ruled that the twenty seventeen Hungarian low on the funding of non governmental organizations from a broad formulated both fundamental rights and the free movement of capital Viktor Orban's Fidesz government argued that it was necessary to make the work of foreign funded NGOs more transparent the NGOs replied that they were far more transparent than government backed associations and that the law was designed to punish those in Hungary who stand up for human rights
The Aldi Haul Episode
"Hey everyone, it's me Lisa. Lillian also known as hungry girl. It's good to be here for another episode of the Hungry Girl Podcast Aka to the right thing today I am very excited because we are doing another hall I love. I'm getting used to these halls where I I go shopping and then I drop things at your house guys, do you? Do you love it? It's the best you're better than INSTA- cart because you actually come up with things that we didn't even know we wanted. I'm better than INSTA- cart because I don't try to replace whole wheat flour with cocoa puffs, which is what they? Feel bad, though this is like instant art, we're not tipping her. Yeah and O F Y I paid for everything. So then there's also. Today this week I went to all D. do you say all your algae? I say aldy all. He's doing a halfway thing all it also works out better, because then it's a hall. Aldy Hall Haldi your exactly. That is what we are doing today. It's all the hall. And I had never actually set foot in an all deep before last week. When I went shopping, and it was interesting, it's like I had heard about it. I know it's like a sister store to trader Joe's I did not know what to expect. I know Mikey. You warned me you said. Bring a quarter which I. Forgot to do so I had to. Find a way to get a quarter to get a card because you need to like, give a quarter deposit to get a cart, and I think a lot of the people were confused because they were like. Do I have to pay for a car? And then the woman that worked there was like yes, but I was like. No, you get it back I was butting in anyway. The store itself was interesting. It's like a smart and final meets like a dollar tree. Is that a? Is that a fair assessment? It is, but I feel like well. Certain file has good. I mean the quality's just exceptional of why smartandfinal. No of the products that all D. O. Dollar Tree? I don't think I've high value well I. Mean I don't think high quality. Okay I think that may be a misperception, because like a lot of the stuff at the dollar store believe or not there like all of your favorite companies make specific products that are dollar store versions of that product. I understand you're saying it's. Option. But you know what made to me. All feel a little cheap and I'm going to say this. It's like when you go to trader Joe's. You feel like there are magical trader, Joe's ferries, making your magical traderjoes in all the concoctions, and all their cute names, and at all de everything looks like the brand you think it is, and it's just slightly off like one of the problems we have today. It's fiber now. Instead of five one show like fiber one brand new. Walk down the aisles and you're like wait. Is that no those race? Christie no and everything looks almost a little like it. which to me makes it feel cheap well. Yeah, I know what you mean like. That's specialness of trader. Joe's like the innovators in creating, and this is just kind of like. They had someone draw something from memory and put it on the box. Yes, but that being said I do I agree I think the quality of. Of the stuff at least the last time we tried, it was phenomenal. I have very high hopes for a lot of these products. When I was shopping I, was searching for things that people told US existed at all that I should find I didn't find many of those, but I found a lot of other things that I thought were intriguing in their own right for specific reasons like we. We'll get into it and I'm excited about that, but. Before we do. What are you have Mike any news. This is pretty cool. Duncan is selling donut inspired facemasks. Okay, so three dollars of every facemask is going to go to a charity to help support health and Hungary leave for children and underserved communities, the master, only ten bucks each, and so three of that goes to charity. I sent you a picture lease. I don't know if you saw them, but the pretty cool looking. And can also share a of them on the page or and the link to buy them where you can go to shop Dunkin Dot Com. Yeah, they're really cute. They're so cute like they're the pink and Orange Dunkin colors, and they look like half doughnuts with sprinkles I think they're adorable. They just need a little slit in the middle, so you could actually eat your doughnut while wearing the math. If you're interested in these act fast because there are four different prints and one of them's already sold out. And, actually the the least exciting one the logo. Yeah Yeah I don't want that can donis employ. Dunkin donuts employees about those probably. Ones with the with the half donuts on them or the sprinkles.
Hungary Moves to End Rule by Decree
"Hungary's parliament voted to end a controversial law allowing the country's powerful prime minister to rule by decree during the crime virus pandemic Joanna Kakissis reports critics call this emergency rule law a power grab by leader who has eroded democratic checks and balances in the European Union country Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban has promised to officially end decree rule by June twentieth he says critics should apologize for accusing him of using the pandemic to grab power democracy watch doctor noted that the emergency law had no sunset clause and allowed him to sidestep parliament it also criminalized the spreading of false information about the pandemic Orban has used the law district municipalities of tax revenue he also dispatch the military help operate businesses considered nationally strategic Orban's critics say he has a poor record on democracy he spent his decade in power taking over courts media and the
Clucking Over the Cost of Chicken? Top Poultry Producers Charged with Price Fixing
"Early this month the US Justice Department indicted four of the top poultry industry executives on price-fixing Charges Pilgrim's pride. CEO Jason, pen and Claxton Poultry Farms President Michel. Freeze were charged with conspiring to fix prices on chickens sold to restaurants and grocery stores from twenty twelve to two thousand, seventeen to other executives, one from each company were also indicted. Indicted the charges come as part of an ongoing anti-trust investigation into the highly consolidated poultry business, The Wall Street Journal reported now. If this sounds familiar, he should poultry buyers, farmers and industry critics have been clucking about possible price-fixing in the chicken business for years in two thousand sixteen New York Food Distributor Maple Vail Farms. Let Class Action lawsuit claiming that Pilgrim's pride. Perdue Tyson foods and other major producers destroyed entire flocks breeder hens in an effort. Effort to artificially reduce the supply of chickens as a result of the alleged scheme, the plaintiffs argued chicken prices jumped fifty percent a time when corn and soybean prices, the basic necessities of chicken production fell Maple Vail argued that the company's manipulated prices for a full eight years between two thousand and eight twenty sixteen, since then government investigators have been looking to see whether the poultry giants have been feathering their nests, and if so, how the charges against. Against the pilgrim's pride in Claxton executives alleged that they colluded to keep prices high for fast food chains in purchasing cooperatives, the Wall Street Journal reports that the indictments are filled with accounts of text messages and quote cozy discussions about pricing between supposedly rival executives. The indictments brought against these chicken leaders are federal criminal charges. If convicted pen than the others could spend up to ten years in prison and pay million dollar fines three of the four. Four men pleaded not guilty. CLAXTON's freeze requested continuance. The problem is closely tied to the industry's consolidation over the last several years, large processors of gobbled up smaller ones like Hungary hens begging for food now that she can businesses dominated by a handful of companies which have considerable clout, according to Ferns, insider, a nonprofit investigative publication, only ten companies, raising sell eighty percent of the country's nine billion chickens. Half of those chickens come from Tyson the nation's largest. Largest processor and pilgrim's pride, which is number, two claxton industries is a multimillion dollar Atlanta processor that counts chick-fil-a among its customers. In recent years, several large poultry buyers, including Walmart Conagra enciso have sued all the major poultry processors for anticompetitive practices Tyson Pilgrim's pride perdue farms in Sanderson Farms have denied the allegations according to the New York Times prosecutors however alleged that collusion is the reason why poultry prices rose steadily over the last several years they. They say consumers bear much of the pain, but farmers to of had a beef with poultry producers in two thousand seventeen several farmers filed a class action lawsuit against Tyson. Pilgrim's pride, purdue and other poultry giants, accusing them of sharing data in order to suppress farmers wages, according to NPR the National Farmers Union says price-fixing inflates the cost of poultry and beef while reducing the incomes of farmers and ranchers, according to the Wall Street Journal
The Trader Joes Haul
"Hey everyone. It's me Lisa Lillian also known as hungry girl. I am here very excited with Mikey and Jamie is. Excited to be here with us. Yes, I'm so excited for several reasons one. I probably sound a little more clear right now because we have new fancy schmancy audio capabilities so I probably sound a little more like I'm next. You guys on thinking that. I'm as happy as I would be. Next year. And I'm also excited because this episode. Wait for it. It's our first hall in months. And not gas any hall. No, it's a trader Joe's hall and I actually I slept trader. Joe's I bought a bunch of stuff. And then what did I do I? Left it on your doorstep. It was the best surprise delivery ever. We didn't know what you guy. We just knew there was a bag of traderjoes. Yeah so we've got a whole bunch of stuff to taste, which is super exciting, because not that I. Don't love the podcast that we do, but I'm going to be honest. My favorite ones when we try foods. Are You with me? I'M NOT GONNA lie. I'm I pretty excited about them too, and I think the audience loves them I think so too, and today's podcast is also sponsored. Do. You want to know who. You! Two hundred who it's also. I already know, but it's a great sponsor, so tell us wait. You already know Jamie, you really blueberries. Today's podcast is sponsored by a bean boom. I love that name, but are being about a boom so clever. It's really fun to say it is. Let's say that for the next half hour. Being okay I'm. GonNa stop. I'm really annoying I'm GONNA give you. The history of a bean bought a boom. I. I don't know if you guys out there. Know this, but the fantastic people behind enlightened ice cream that ice cream that were obsessed with that we love. They created these crunchy snacks several years ago. They're made from roasted broad beans or fava beans, which I was unfamiliar with believe it or not like. Are you a father of being Fan Norman until I turned? I only knew of them from that movie. fava beans with. The lands exactly well. These are like it's this crunchy snack. That is incredible like they come in one hundred calorie packs. There's like thirteen flavors everything from sweet Saracho, sweet onion, mustard, zesty ranch spicy was sobbing nacho cheese. They even have sweet flavors that are great to you can eat the straight out of the package like instead of like a pretzel or a chip and you know I'm obsessed with like salty. Snacks and their portion controlled and they're loaded with protein. They have fiber. They're good for your. They're all natural there Vegan I don't even know where to stop their amazing. They're D- best. I do not know how they squeeze so much flavor and crunch into those little bits of deliciousness. And like the thing that gets me so excited is whenever there's a product that I love. It's like I personally feel responsible if people are going to invest in buy something and if somebody doesn't love it I'm like wait. You'RE GONNA love it, but in this case I have to say they're running a special that you. It's like too good to be true. You get fifty two bags individual snack bags for twenty, nine, ninety seven. It's under thirty dollars for fifty two bags. You get all the flavors I think it's like four of each flavor. which is incredible, and so it comes out to like sixty cents a bag and they call it the boombox which is. So cute. We put this in our email. The other day and people went absolutely wild, I think they sold like seven hundred and fifty thousand just kidding. They sold Laurie. There's still some left. And it's normally it's normally already a great value. But you hit that twenty nine dollar mark with the forty percent off hungry girl, special right right. Yes, and they have to use code hungry forty hungry forty, so people go to being snacks, dot com, or you can go to Hungary Dash, go dot, com slash food cast when you see that link for the boombox use code, hungry forty and get free shipping and forty percent off, which is so cool, yeah? So, so good and I have to tell you Lisa. Do you know what my favorite uses for about you I bet you could guess for about about him. Probably has to do with lettuce towers so. It's like I can't even. It's just the flavor that it brings in the crunch. It's like croutons times a thousand. I agree with you, but my favorite uses just like stuffing them in my face. Dreamy which flavor do you go to? The I think. Is there a barbecue one? You want rbq. That's my favorite. That's my. Saracho. I Nelson like the sweet cinnamon on Yogurt on Greek yogurt. It's like I. I can't even it's so good.
Top Stories From The Balkans
"We're going to get around above stories making news in the Balkans now I'm joined to buy our correspondence in the region at guide to Lauraingraham. Good afternoon to you. You are in the Slovenian capital. What is happening there? While we're opening up a bet here, marcus in fact, as Britain is going in the direction of putting arrivals and quarantine fourteen days, which is caused a great deal of Cathal over there. I'm here in Slovenia it's exactly the opposite. The country's just opened up. To arrivals from fourteen other European countries, and that's ranging from Switzerland to Iceland and Germany the Baltics, and that's in addition to its neighbours, Croatia Hungary and Austria. Restrictions on rivals from those places had already been lifted Italy those going to have to wait for a little while, but probably for about a week longer, and it's very bad news coming from north Macedonia Marcus, it's a compulsory fourteen day quarantine arriving from that, and that's because of a recent increase in a number of covid nineteen cases. Luckily I'm not coming from us. Part of the world's continuing to the neighboring country Croatia. What's making headlines over there now? We'd like railway journey Sony Marcus on Monocle, twenty, four and I. This is warm, which sounds to me? Like a railway journey that that I'd like to make, and it's one from the Czech Republic through to the Croatian coast, and this is being run by the Czech railway operator regular I think you pronounce it regular jet. Should we go with that? And they are running trains that I think we'll go with that the plan anyway as whatever they could they. However you pronounce that they're going to be running night. Trains from the Czech Republic from Prague directly through to the Croatian coast to be precise, the city of the reactor, which is actually one of the European capitals of culture this year, and from they'll be able to get connections to any of your coastal destinations, and this is a big deal. It's a big. Big Deal for people in the Czech Republic because eight hundred thousand of them every year. Go on holiday in Croatia apparently, the the advertising in in the Czech. Republic refers to Croatia as aw coast so quite proprietorial about it. They are number seven in terms of tourist arrivals in Croatia, so it's not an exaggeration, really but it's also a big deal for Croatia. Because twenty percent of their GDP is generated by tourism I'm said they're going to have to. Find ways of getting people from places like the Czech Republic that key tourism markets. If that is salvage any kind of a summer season at all, and this is exactly the when people are talking about corona corridors between countries which have low infection rates of which. Croatia and the Czech Republic A to well I think that A. Colorado, because let's face it this. This trains conjugate three tunnels Marcus that raw appeals to me I in terms of both an elegant solution and the word play, and the fact that it'll. Be a very beautiful train journey. If you can see if it's not to. Dock sounds very promising. Let's continue our tour next to L.. The obeyed and authorities are facing legal action. Tell us more about that. into the on this is over the the controversial demolition of the national. Theatre building in Tirana now. This happened last month. After years of protest in the middle of the night, the early hours of a Sunday morning the authorities just moved in and knocked down the National Theatre. More or less said it's done now. Everybody move on well surprise prize. Everybody hasn't moved on. There's a group which call themselves the Alliance for the protection of the National Theatre well. Maybe they should think about changing their name been the not changing their caused that. filing legal action against a number of municipal officials who were involved with voting to demolish the theater, the also again for the the head of the National Inspectorate for the protection of territory, and it's also been going for civil engineer who said that the the building was not safe, and therefore should be demolished as it's already got one hundred thousand signatures from. From people who say they won't be the Old National Theatre to be recreated on the site of of where it was was. The authorities are planning on installing a nice, shiny new national fair to that. It sounds like we have to do a chicken with you guy about this story soon again when we get new developments. That was Monaco's get logging joining us from Lubiana.
Taiwan mayor loses recall vote in blow for pro-China opposition
"Now a high profile math from Taiwan's main opposition party lost a recall vote over the weekend. So what do we need to know about it well? Ron Is the director of Oxford University's China Center joins US on the line. Now run a good off name. Thanks for being with us. Tell us a bit about this mare and tell us what this these moves over the weekend main. Will this is really a very major event. In Taiwan Politics Hungary the man who was recalled and has now lost his job as mayor of Kaohsiung. The second biggest city in Taiwan in the south was actually very popular figure he was actually the candidate for the opposition Nationalist Women Dang party. In last year's sorry. The earlier this year s presidential election, which was won by. The incumbent president tying one, and this means that he's essentially had a massive full from grace, a the reason essentially that he was put out for recall was that some of his political opponents argued that by running for president. He'd been neglecting his job as man, but I think that most people think that wouldn't have happened. Had it not been for the increasing unhappiness at the sense that his party is? Is relatively more friendly to mainland China and right now and certainly within the last few months. That's very voter unfriendly position to take in Taiwan politics well, indeed runner and I wanted to ask you a bit about that wide context, of course, if we go back to the start of the year knees, elections in the problems that the the the the opposition party had because of exactly that sort of. anti-china sentiment. I guess we can. We can call it. That it is all bound up together inextricably, isn't it? Eighty and it's become much more so within the last year or so essentially two things or two or three things have come together at once. One is that China is much a baking mainland China is much more hostile to the current incumbent government presidency, in Taiwan, which is run by the Democratic People's Party, which take Louis would like independence Taiwan, but they know that to put that forward openly as A. Direct plan would probably lead to a very very strong. Maybe military reaction from from China and China much prefers it when the other body equaling Dang is actually in an office. So that was one thing, but the other side was the sign. One who's economic record were was not all that might be was looking as if she was running for a defeat and then Hong Kong happened last year's protests protests in the. The streets against the proposed dishing bill essentially enabled her party to use a very convincing slogan. which was this call next year possibly Taiwan variance. Oh, that and that meant that? Essentially she had one office by placing herself up as a candidate who would not in any way bow to the demands of the mainland, which of course is now seen as an authoritarian and very aggressive state in the minds of many Taiwanese voters. Rona is something to learn I. Mean I think that point especially about the comparisons with Hongkong timings there of friction that we we've seen. Is it actually helpful to try and better understand what potentially the next steps could be in Taiwan with liquor, opposition, politics, or the balance of relationship with Beijing, is that genes truck to look to Hong Kong? Does that sort of muddy the waters yet further? It's it is instructive. Look at Hong Kong as long as understands the differences, and the most crucial one is the whether one likes it or not. Hong Kong is now a part of China's sovereign rule. It was handed back by us by the British in one, thousand, nine, hundred seven, and it is now part of People Republic of China will. Governance is overseen by treaty signed between the two countries way back in nineteen eighty five. Taiwan is different. It has never been reunified with the mainland since the. Civil War in China was one in Nineteen forty-nine by chairman. Mao Mounts Dome. But of course that separation has become more and more of a sore. That needs to be dealt with in the minds of the mainland Chinese. The differences that very much, unlike Hong, Kong Taiwan does have a not. Very strong, but certainly real promise of a certain amount of assistance Ritz on defense from the United States on the something called the Taiwan Relations Act passed in Washington in Nineteen, seventy nine, so there is a military backstop that might just might be used limits very unlikely that gives people in Beijing Portsmouth old in a way. That's not true for obvious reasons for Hong, Kong. Run I just wonder and at the risk of asking You impossibly complex question and not giving enough time to answer it. What! What's the next critical juncture to look for? If we look at this balance in Taiwan, is there a specific event is question of looking at what happens at the ballot box are there particular political Moose depend on on individuals, or is it that sort of that always tricky question? You know how the public decide to take particular developments. What do we need to account for in the in the weeks ahead? I think it's important to look out for language both on Taiwan, site analyst side of the People's Republic of China on the side of the People's Republic. You have to look and see if there's any indication that moving away from their standing statement that they would be peaceful reunification with Taiwan, always use that word now. What disappeared from one of the officials statements a few weeks ago, which caused quite a flurry, as you can imagine, but mysterious enough to what peaceful came back in the mouth of Prime Minister Meka Chang a couple of weeks later, maybe the there was a quarrel over, and it was reinserted, or maybe they just forgot if that changes again on. On the long term, it's not on the peaceful reunification that does make a difference and back anti one. You have to look at how far the wider population which of course is a liberal multi-party democracy where the mainland is not looks at this white, a question of separation. They are aware that Beijing said that their absolute blood red line is the Taiwan must not declare formal independence, but there is also increasing disillusionment in the wider population of Taiwan that the mainland really gets what it means to be a free multi-party democracy in the way that Taiwan is in the meeting of minds, very unfortunately doesn't seem doesn't seem to be very apparent. Right at the moment. Date Arana always get to hear from you that our friend from Oxford University, Rana meter, joining us here on the briefing monocle twenty
Now is the Time to Upgrade Your Team, Training, and Talent
"Hey Guys Daniels already here with leadership. Man You talk about crazy times. One of the things that is just staggering and certainly unprecedented right now is the unemployment rate in our country. And if you just see that headline? Anything oh my gosh. This things going down the tubes. What are we going to do? Well that's one way of looking at it, but. Another thing is if you're a leader if you're if you're someone in charge of building a team if you're in charge of running a business. Unemployment could actually be a blessing in disguise. I just had to lay off my team I mean. What do you mean a blessing in disguise on tardy? This is bad times out here. Look I. Get it, I understand it's difficult in for some businesses. It's the worst year you've ever had and it's GonNa. Take A to recover. I, just? WanNa. Call Your Vision to think about in five years from now. What will be true at that point that you're harvesting? The fruits of CGU planted in the season in the middle of the storm. If you've got an vision on when we get through the storm and we start to rebuild, you can do some things right now. That are going to set you up for success to come back stronger and better than ever. Here's what I'm talking about. Right now, yes, unemployment is at a record high, and that also means that there's talent sitting on the sidelines. That hasn't been there before. This isn't unemployment at record. Levels of people who are not worth hiring. There's a lot of people that are brilliant Rockstar team members. You know we talk about Hungary humble and smart the ideal team player. There's ideal team player sitting out there right now. This is a weird way for there to be this much unemployment because it's not a, it's not an indication of their performance. It's people. Get fired because they're doing jobs. Their companies got shut down. So. This is a time to start thinking about upgrading your team this a time to be having these conversations. I've had a few people in my community here locally that they've been at a company where their companies shut down, and they're probably not coming back or whatever and I'm going Oh. Wow. Disguise on the street now. This guy is a free agent and I've been having some of these conversations even with my leaders going. Hey, we should talk to this I. Know them through. A mutual friend or I know them from Church or I I've been in the business community here locally there a stud. They just happen to be in a situation where companies shut shutdown. If we can pick them up in the season, we can upgrade our team. There's a chance to upgrade your team. There's also a chance to get rid of the whiners that you're going. If your team right now is wine, and they're bottom feeders, and you've been thinking. Oh, man, I got a bunch of donkeys. Instead of thoroughbreds listen, you should not get through this whole thing without having a one hundred percent of your team being thoroughbreds, because there's thoroughbreds out there right now, looking for opportunity, and if you've got an opportunity, you go well. Hey, I'm not hiring right now. How am I GONNA? Pull this off. Look I get. You may not be hiring today. But it doesn't mean you can't start having conversations with people. For roles that you're going to hire maybe ninety days, maybe one hundred and twenty days start putting a business plan together for when this thing comes back. Have these people in the queue have the interview process already in motion and then just tell them look when we come back. It's going to be six months. Can you wait six months? Maybe they can, because they don't have another opportunity right now. Then in six months from now you come online with his new deal with a new team and you've got a stronger foundation to build from. Then you had going into this. Right now you can upgrade your team. You also upset your training. Guys. I don't know about you, but I always think I should be training my team better. You know there's so many things I feel like our team wants to know I feel like our team wants us as leaders to slow down and teach them how to do their job better. Our team wants to be set up for success and one of the the limitations for us as leaders is time you know we're in meetings and we're working on building the business working on things for marketing for customers and managing the the sales activities, and all the stuff reading the financial reports and I don't know about you guys, but I usually look up sometime Friday afternoon having set off in the week with intentions of doing some kind of training for the team and the whole week goes by. And, it didn't happen. This is a time that you can really get your training together. If you get more time on your hands, and in your teams there and you can send videos and do the zoom stuff or whatever you guys are doing right now. You can whiteboard out. What do I really want to train our team on how to do their jobs well? The history of the story of our company, our core values our mission statement how to be ideal team players. We've got an opportunity at a moment in time right now to get all of our training in place all of our documentation, and maybe even record some videos and send it out though I mean what if you sent a five minute video to your team every two or three days right now because you have the time to work on building that video, and then it's an archive, then every team member that you hire going forward now. You've got this repository of all his great training documentation. You can upgrade your training process right now. This is an opportunity to do that. Thirdly. You can upgrade your talent. Guys talents our muscles. We grow just like going to the gym and growing our muscles in our physical bodies. We can grow our mind. We can grow our competencies I'm such a fan of this idea of transformation, and I am so glad I'm not the same leader that I was ten years ago, because through the power of transformation through the power of personal development and reading and learning and studying. I can become a new leader I can become a better leader I can grow to a new capacity, and so this is a time to look at your team and go. Our team really needed. Improve on right now. What are the talents and competencies that? If our team got better at these things, because well, they've got some time on their hands. I don't want him just sitting on Netflix's all day. I want him reading a book one. I'm I'm taking a course I. Want do it with them. What's as a leader? What if I said Hey guys I'm? Take this course right now. On whatever public speaking or communication or maybe it's a sales thing. What if we got in it together and we said we're going to go through this course in this season so that. When, we come back online and a few months. We've got this new tool in our toolbox. We've got a new competency as a team. There's an opportunity right now. So think about this. You can upgrade your team. You can upgrade your training. You can upgrade your talents.
"Today's fearless. Woman is both a maverick and a legend a national heroine in Israel. She parachuted into enemy territory to liberate Jews during the Holocaust looking death in the eye. Let's talk about Hannah said Nash Hanis. Ns was born in nineteen twenty one budapest Hungary the daughter of an author and a journalist. Honecker up in a literary household she routinely kept journals of her own from H. Thirteen right up to her death in the nineteen thirties as antisemitic sentiments were burgeoning and Budapest. Hana was drawn design scientist activities and in nineteen thirty nine. She left Hungary for what was then. Palestine there she. I attended an agricultural school and eventually settled at kibbutz. Yom where she wrote poetry and a play about life on the kibbutz in nineteen forty three at the height of World War Two. Hana enlisted with the British army in volunteered to be a paratrooper. The mission was to help the allied forces establish contact with resistance fighters in Europe. Were also working to help the Jews. Hana trained in Egypt and was one of only thirty three people chosen to parachute behind enemy lines in March of nineteen forty four. Hana parachuted into Yugoslavia and began working with the Yugoslav partisans. A Communist led resistance the access powers. The partisans were considered among Europe's most effective anti Nazi resistance groups Hana's Fervor and passion for the movement or captured in her poem. Last is the match. But she wrote during her time in Yugoslavia. After three months with the partisans on across into hungry in June of nineteen forty four at the height of deportation for Hungary's Jews with the goal of reaching her native Budapest. She didn't make it Hana was quickly picked up by the Hungarian police who were faithful to the Nazi party. Despite being repeatedly torture Hana declined to give up information pertaining to her mission. Even when the police threatened to harm Hana's own mother she held steadfast and her resistance and refused to cooperate during Hana's trial October of nineteen forty four. She didn't appeal for mercy and instead defended her actions at every turn on November seventh nineteen forty four. Hana was ordered to be executed by firing squad in the moments leading up to her that she refused a blindfold that was offered to her. Instead choosing to stare squarely into the eyes of per excecutioner. She was only twenty three years old. After her execution a poem was found in Hana's sell it read one two three eight feet long to strides apart. The rest is dark. Life is fleeting question. Mark one-two-three maybe another week or the next month may still find me here but death I feel is very near. I could have been twenty three next July i Campbell on what mattered. Most the dice were cast. I lost Hana's life was brief but her impact. On the world lasted long pastor untimely death her diary and poems were published posthumously and several of her poems have been set to music in one thousand nine hundred fifty Hamas remains were brought to Jerusalem and reinterred at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl to this day. Hana remains a symbol of self sacrifice idealism in the face of dire circumstance.
The 7-Eleven x Nike SB Dunk Low Has Been Canceled and Now I Actually Want a Pair
"I want to jump right into the news because there are certain people who are not doing that. Well for instance. A collaboration with seven eleven and Nike from what I'm hearing everybody was giving him mixed reviews even on our own show. We had mixed reviews. Remember the last time we spoke about that. Remember you absolute flop. Thought they probably could be pulled off. But I'm thinking the project has been scrapped. Yes the Nike The NYC SB dunks and seven. Eleven collaboration has been scrapped. Is Not coming out. It's not happening. So if they're to me. Purse League has done. Now is now built to desire in meets. Try and get them. You know what I mean because back there scrapped even made like what one hundred years. I want one now. Now I one just to say I have a discontinued you or just say. That shoe has never been released. Never seen the light of day. The retail version. I gotTa have that now so now it has by insurance so what night has done dear. I say it. They came up with a method. Get even more hungry for seven eleven. Dunks that we weren't even Hungary four in the first place isn't that amazing. There's evil genius. I can see the possible bee's over something that people didn't even like in the first place but now it's like I gotTa have yes and I gotta go ahead and give a shout out to our producer crystal. She was on Wedneday. I dropped when they were first talked about coming out. She was on the fly so she was on I. So if anybody's a hype beast and they go after them now. I'll tell you I'll tell you just probably just following. How know what you're doing? She was on it first so she became hot before. It became a trained. I to go after it But Nike you're slick slick. I must say
Tech businesses wary of moves to bar brainy immigrants
"An executive order last month temporarily suspending the approval of some green cards many in the tech industry pushed back hard. The sixty days suspension does not apply to h. One B. B.'s. `As the visas for high skilled workers that tech companies often used to bring in engineers and other employees but this ETA the big lobbying and Trade Association for the Tech Industry says immigrants have founded some of the country's biggest tech companies. They've contributed to the startup innovation economy in the US and said that if these restrictions go on or get expanded it will hurt the country's ability to compete. Michael Patrick own is the senior vice president of government relations for the CPA. It's huge issue for us. Immigrants and their children have founded forty five percent of the US fortune five hundred companies and that includes tech companies like Intel Amazon. Google and Apple Steve Jobs as father came from Syria. Andy Grove of Intel came from Hungary and Sergey Brin came from Russia. Jeff Bezos is father came from Cuba. Imagine how different our country would be. We'd closed our doors to those immigrants the order it doesn't affect workers who enter the US on H. One B. Visa which is used by many tech companies to bring in workers. But you're still worried just across the board. We have heard rumors that the administration is going to be addressing and putting limitations on h. One B. Visas next. That may something they're considering the near future and we think that would be a mistake. Got It and so the concern not is not just about this existing order which is for sixty days but the idea that down the road the tech sector could be actively hurt by ongoing restrictions will. Yeah I mean it is and also bear in mind. This is a competitive marketplace the the marketplace for the world's smartest people as competitive so of. Immigrants. Don't come here. You're going to go someplace else. They're going to go someplace like Canada. I mean for a long time there was a billboard highway one and it said something like immigration problems. Come TO CANADA. We have a new STARTUP VISA. You've got these. Other countries that are embracing skilled emigrants like programmers and engineers entrepreneurs at the same time the US tightening its borders and these countries these workers create businesses and generate jobs for locals. These immigrants that ends up another country is a win for that country at a loss for us. Is there any argument for the restriction? I mean I know that you know there probably will be people who agree with the president and say America should be first in line for jobs if we have thirty percent unemployment. Well the point is that immigrants. Come here and they create jobs right. It's not like there's a fixed number of jobs to be. Had they come here. They create companies. They create jobs and they hire Americans so immigrants are there a crucial part of our nation's economy and the tech industry. And that's especially true today. Right look around. Immigrants are helping respond to the pan-demic in research. It in AI. In Food Supply. And then as as we come out of the pandemic we're going to need to innovate as never before. We need immigrants and the world's best minds to be part of the process.
Italy begins to emerge from world's longest nationwide lockdown
"Italy is easing its coronavirus restrictions nearly two months after it became the first country in the world to impose and national knocked down but the prime minister Giuseppe Kansei has said the country is still in the midst of the pandemic and urge the public to act responsibly millions of people are expected to attend to construction sites and factories vehicles a pele is a member of parliament for the Democratic Party which is part of the ruling coalition a quarter more or less of Italian workers are going back to their offices and firms which were previously closed AT the big test for our transportation system a big test for the security of our places of work and it is a big test for individual responsibility of each one of us many other European countries are also taking steps towards lifting their lockdowns they include Portugal Spain Croatia and Greece with some small shops and headdresses can start work again today some schools will reopen in Germany and Austria while in Hungary Serbia and Slovenia cafes and restaurants will begin operating with some restrictions
"hungary" Discussed on Natural Disasters
"At dawn on October fifth. Two Thousand Ten Deva Chair mayor to all the Tomas was waiting through a caustic swamp of heavy metals. He fervently hoped his boots and protective coveralls would protect him from the cadmium cobalt and lead swirling in the mud around him. An acrid smell filled his nose as he looked out over his little town. Every building fence and tree left standing had an eerie waist. High Line of rust colored residue it appeared as though the town had been painted carefully by a brush overnight in a misguided prank. Tomas was exhausted. He had been up through the night and he'd been frantically working since. The flood rushed over the town at noon the day before now. Small mountains of red rebels stood everywhere. The leftovers of the crumbled buildings that had toppled in the wave of toxic sludge. Deva chair no longer resembled the sleepy town where Tomas had spent his whole life. That looked like it had been bombed most of Devon chair surviving residents had been evacuated to nearby villages where shelters had been set up in churches and auditoriums rows of beds and tables of packed sandwiches. Were put out for the displaced victims but the toxic flow soon reached those surrounding villages as well. The sludge seeped into small creeks that fed into the larger tributaries of the Danube River. The recent rain had softened the ground and increase the permeability of the soil which only helped to quicken the spread of pollutants. Toxic plume had travelled nearly fifteen miles by October fifth. Reaching at least six other towns the region was in dire. Need of immediate help. Tomasa cell phone rang incessantly. As he slowly tramped through the sludge he was discussing how to find shelters for displaced residents. And keep the evacuees safe. He spoke with a never ending line of different government. Officials policemen and workers to coordinate the incoming help but it was calls from the press. Were the most intrusive. They wanted quotes. They wanted to know how disaster happened. Reporters came to the village. Protective outfits and masks poised and ready with cameras and microphones in addition to the reporters over five. Hundred policemen and soldiers arrived to organize infrastructure among the madness and ruin they were directing traffic and continuing to clean roads and walkways and everyone wore head to toe protective gear. The rescuers looked like aliens or spacemen. New arrivals to an unknown toxic as the clean-up began in earnest. The Hungarian government directed the temporary shutdown of Mall Zero. The company responsible for the spill workers from the aluminum plant were dispatched to gather sludge from the streets of Deva Chair and ship it back to the headquarters in Ocu- about twelve miles away rusty alkaline water splashed as industrial vacuums sucked up. Sludge gathered in homes and offices workers from the company hosed down streets and alleyways to wash away the heavy metals to foot deep puddles of diluted toxic water or then suctioned from between trees and the dips of Roadways. Huge bulldozers gathered building wreckage and scooped up poisoned swaths of the surrounding forest floor. But no amount of cleaning could erase the red stains or fully removed. The powdery toxic dust that caked on wherever the waste dried the demolished homes. Were haunting site. Living Room couches were sopping wet with red mud. Never to be sat on again. Tv's were toppled over poison melted through plastic frames and burned away family pictures. Broken walls revealed inundated bathrooms with tubs sinks filled with sludge amidst piles of d'etre 'tis dolls and basketball's floated along in. What used to be children's toy rooms? Refrigerators with food still inside removed and put in massive garbage crate in the mid day on October. Fifth government workers arrived with giant dump trucks and drove down unchartered paths and back roads. They poured Klay into the tributaries of the Danube River. Officials claimed at the time that they would be able to neutralize toxins and minimize contamination with the clay. As Claes naturally absorbent. It could lower the Ph of the water by soaking in the poisons but the mud was wildly toxic yielding a Ph of thirteen that level of alkalinity could burn through skin and muscle tissue in a matter of minutes. A Ph of thirteen is similar to bleach oven cleaner. Neither of which is a substance. A person would want to touch jest war inhale throughout the afternoon of the fifth the sludge spread through rivers and woodlands around Deva Chair and Colon Tar just a day before these bodies of water had been lively clean and filled with wildlife water sources. That had been fresh enough to drink turned caustic overnight red sludge clogged the gills of fish. Their bodies floating to the surface birds who had eaten poison plants and dying aquatic. Animals lay bloated. At the river's edge. Small drowned rodents looked like clay figurines. The sheer number of dead creatures alarmed. The workers gathered the nauseous carcasses with gloved hands. They lifted the limp bodies of squirrels and raccoons that dripped with sludge into bins trash cans filled to the brim with these. Little corpses were incinerated by the dozen. The forest was strangely silent. Save for the sounds of the heavy machinery scooping and sectioning the toxic waste from the environment however the cleaning efforts to stop the flow of caustic sludge rivers and soil. Were coming up short. The emergency responders had underestimated the amount of toxic liquid. There was to clean up. This was due to a corporate lie in their own. Disaster plan malls accounted for only a fraction of the amount of toxic sludge. They had generated. They had been using the same waste pond to dump aluminum biproduct. Since the nineteen sixties in addition to the glut of toxic waste excess rainwater collected in the waste. Reservoir at the plant mixed with the aluminum. Byproduct years of rain created a much more fluid and powerful force than expected when the dam failed. The vast amount of rain water in the waste pond diluted the toxic sludge when the wall deteriorated burst the sludge spread in a more fluid form. It flowed markedly faster than a more solid substance the volume multiplied to over one hundred eighty five million gallons of destructive liquid that polluted roughly two thousand acres of land now the excess liquid pooling around the villages made the cleanup process much more harrowing as it dried and hardened the evacuated residents would not be able to return as soon as they had hoped. Once the sludge had absorbed the cleanup would take much longer than anticipated by October. Sixth and seventh. Some of these frightening facts trickled into the news and became public knowledge. The shock of what had happened was turning into anger. Deep Sadness and fear for the future residents listened to the news and read articles online has details about the true scope of the disaster. Were beginning to come to light. They heard the wide swath of land affected by the flood and realized the disaster was much greater than what they had seen Endeavour Chair. They saw pictures of fish floating belly up. In the midst of a- bling burping globs Greenpeace reported the danger of arsenic chromium and excessive mercury in the waters around Deva Chair. Arsenic levels in the wells of Colon Tar were twenty five times higher than the legal limit for drinking water and double the anticipated levels from the waste reservoir. It was difficult for residents to comprehend the level of poison now surrounding them many townspeople with only partially damaged. Homes remained endeavour chair refusing to leave these residents watched out their windows as blurry. Red Clouds filled the air. They tried to stay calm. The danger was only increasing. A new problem arose says the toxic mud began to dry. The sludge became a cancerous dust. It was not safe to breathe in but it was everywhere. Caught in the breeze and stirred up by the machines masks were required to be outside. In some cases people even wore them indoors as a dust made its way through air vents and under doors and on the morning of October Seventh. The wind started to pick up coming up. We'll see how the danger grew as the government and town officials rushed to save lives podcasters. I have some exciting news for you. I'm hosting a new show called daily quote. It's a quick two to three minute. Podcast that is sure to inspire you put you on the path to positively each quote will motivate uplift and renew your outlook on life plus. 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"hungary" Discussed on Natural Disasters
"The same. Tomasz 's crew joined alongside them in pulling frightened in injured residents from windows and rescuing kids who were balanced on. Rooftops families gathered together on dry ground. Just outside of town trying to piece together. What was going on those who couldn't find their loved ones. Were Frantic with fear praying. Their families had survived the flood. Coming up we'll see how. The World responded to Deva chairs disaster now back to the story after the toxic flood on October fourth. Two thousand ten around four hundred residents of Deva chair were forced to evacuate immediately. The injury count was rising and the burn victims needed medical attention. These were the issues that kept mayor. Tomas Twenty in constant motion Tomasz worked with officials in nearby towns to find food and housing for people whose homes had been destroyed or severely damaged. They were quickly able to set up shelters and find residents willing to house the displaced he coordinated with police forces an outside workers who were called in to help with rescue efforts maintain order and treat wounds using high-pressure water hoses they redirected the sludge from roadways so people could move semi safely through the town but there was worry amongst officials that things could take a turn at any moment and residents might riot or refuse to evacuate mayor. Thomas had confidence that the people of Deva Chair would cooperate with. The situation was already slipping out of his control is actions were punctuated by constant calls from his working crews and other officials. Eventually he bought another cell phone solely to field calls from the press everywhere he went a news crew or TV reporter was stationed poised and ready to ask him what happened and what is plan was he stayed up for twenty four hours that first day a foreshadowing of how little sleep he would get in the coming weeks. The residents around him were angry. Afraid and devastated. They had no one else to look to. Everyone wanted to know who was to blame and how this possibly could have happened. Did no one realize the wall was about to break is truly nothing that could have been done. Why didn't no one no that? The waste posed such a threat to the human body on contact. Tomas was exhausted and emotionally on edge. He answered their questions even though he had little more idea than they had at that point. Only those who built the waste reservoir really knew what caused the concrete structure to break altemus. New was that the town's recovery now rested in his hands. The impact of the flood would continue long beyond the initial horrors but the sudden devastation alone was nearly impossible to comprehend in particular the injuries when injured residents did make it to doctors. The Grave. Nature of their wounds became apparent. They were being closely watched. At nearby health centers. Doctors warn the patients and their families that the chemical burns could worsen over time. There was a potential. The wounds would continue growing eating away at tissue for days. Even if the injuries seemed relatively harmless at first several people died at the hospital from complications others were only beginning to reckon with ailments that would take years to heal and even as Thomas and other officials evacuated people out of town to stained safe zones but toxic. Dangers weren't over even once the current calmed and the flood effectively ran through Deva Chair. The town was cloaked with dried cancerous. Red Mud by the end of the day it not only served as an eerie reminder of the cataclysmic event but the residue was deadly in and of itself. The dust made breathing challenge the dangerous effects of the dust. Particles would only continue to reveal themselves over time not long after the flood hit the outside world learned about the unique ecological nightmare reporters from around the globe flew in to bear witness to the flood and to keep track of the effect it was having on the population and the terrain. Hungary's minister of the Interior and the Director of the National Directorate General for Disaster Management. Travel Deva Chair that day to try and control the disaster they were met by reporters lining the streets setting up camp in their vans. Getting footage of the Uis in every crevice of town from the broken down Barnes to the washed out backyards even after the floods current die down. The ruins of town were left in. Its wake sludge flowed in rivulets down the sides of alleyways red mud filled in every pothole and sidewalk crevice a waist. High Red mark stained everything. The flood had touched this disaster dubbed the worst Hungary had ever seen would put deva chair in the world news spotlight for the first time. Ever the flood changed it from a historically rooted. Sleepy village into a synonym for ECO. Disaster on the ground. It wasn't hard to tell. Just how dangerous. The sludge would continue to be to humans and the environment alike. The Central Agricultural Office declared a ban on fishing and hunting that night and official intervention by the chief veterinary officer prohibited sales and use of food or other items that had been contaminated by the sludge and while. Deva chair saw the worst of the flood that day. Seven more towns were endanger. The toxic mud was continuing to move. Hungarian government spokeswoman on Anais told Reuters that they had declared a state of emergency in the regions around of a chair as well. The Aluminum Company malls eared. Still wouldn't admit that the sludge was in fact toxic but the burning flesh the ruined homes collapsing structures. An overturned cars were tangible. Evidence of how harmful the red mud was to everything it came across. There was no way to deny what everyone was seeing with their own eyes and as the red mud spread to the surrounding areas to a thick uis covered everything in its path. The flood headed into the valleys and forests surrounding the area. Contaminating the water and decimating aquatic life. Wild animals were killed and flora annihilated farmland. Filled with crops would never again be viable. More extensive. Widespread cleanup efforts began the next day at dawn. Water management professionals directed firefighters and military troops to poor calcium nitrate and magnesium into the Marquel River. They were hoping to prevent pollution of the Danube or at least neutralize the sludge to make it less toxic at the same time on orders from the central agricultural office workers began to collect and dispose of animal carcasses in the surrounding forests the army and the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service came in to assess radiation levels not surprisingly production at Mall. Zere was put to a screeching halt by government order on this as well. Company officials were responsible for immediate repairs to the waste pond to contain whatever was left up the red mud in its original holding zone but the fear and damn anche would continue to spread now. Serbia and Bulgaria were beginning to prepare for contamination. Authorities announced that it would take an estimated year to recover any semblance of Structure Endeavor Chair and that would come at the cost of about ten billion forint the equivalent of roughly thirty million dollars and within days despite efforts to stop it the toxic flood would be heading towards the Rabah and Danube rivers. No one knew where the devastation would end..
"hungary" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"So later everyone around and say well why don't we while you're giving so many of us are currently at a dollar a dollar store where yeah well aware that the sort of the Hungary opens every month we wait here because I mean comes closer and closer to our other Twilight Zone we we well we don't really understand what's going to happen next the gunman opened this morning we can probably start to guess what now what industries are at sixty and we'll come back to some sort of normal in short term stimulus okay again that's being being direct to your bank account twelve hundred dollars instead on everybody and the ones are going to small businesses that's the short term stimulus a long term sort of stabilizers that federated and I don't think it was a women's wellness so we have four months to stimulus that will be Bobby Conley and the hope is that we we did miscalculate and why and the kindness of others too much to to support our and local economy comes back and ask Jeeves I wanna come back and talk about how the situation is changing not just obviously the economy but life going forward we mentioned you know the new abnormal what what's and I don't I don't want to also take a look back and see what have we learned about life perhaps that we we used to think was true that was not I saw a thread you had on this I thought was really interesting welcome back to James I'll choose your podcaster author entrepreneur investor and just as you heard about CBD right well in these really difficult times there news reports out there about how.
"hungary" Discussed on Worldly
"Down with Senator Elizabeth. Warren it is the federal government that can order the tests. It is the federal government that can use the pence production at in order to force companies to produce the test kits to produce the mass to produce the gown. The states don't have the power to do that. Only the federal government does listened to our whole conversation subscribed to clinch. Oh wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome back worldly listeners. we are talking about what is effectively a constitutional coup in Hungary where the parliament handed the prime minister. Dictatorial powers in keeping with his long-held authoritarian ambitions Hungary as the most extreme case of the corona virus being used as a pretext for a power grab but it is not the only one right. There are several countries around the world where authoritarian leaders authoritarian-minded leaders have taken on new powers disturbing powers and try new legislative or political tactics that they might not otherwise have been willing to do because the crisis has legitimized some sorts of power-grabs. Now to your mind you to what do you think some of the more egregious. Examples are outside of Hungary to stand out to me in particular of both in South America. So one is in. Bolivia which we talked about on the show before the quick recap here is that there was a rigged election. At least that's what most election observers say and the President Morales even rallies left and been caretaker from the opposite more right-leaning party actually a lot. More right. Leaning Party has come in and because of the corona virus that caretaker is now postponing elections and possibly trying to keep power in her office for some there was a coup against Morales and again. I think the statistics of the election is show that that's not the case but now it looks like this is someone who's trying to stay in power in using the corona virus as an excuse and so without elections without any actual kind of democratic process going strictly from the caretaker role to just being in charge and then nearby in juillet. There's been a long going tension between its military people. There were protesters against government's actions and the government decided to send the military out to those areas to push the protesters out to end the demonstrations if there was a case of large scale violence. One could see somewhat of a case for doing that. This was not the case. These were protesters. There was some incidents of or some reports of perhaps some small bouts of violence but largely peaceful in the grand scheme of things based on most reports and yet the military was called in to quash the descent and so in these two cases were seeing again the excuse of Oh. There is a corona virus crisis being used by governments to either hold onto power that has been usurped in many senses and then also to quell dissent against government both of these incidents they sound less than Hungary case than they are in the grand scheme of things right. These are not but still. This is what happens when you have an not just national price of international crisis and it gives leaders that are not so tied to democratic principles. Small D. The opening to do things like this. Yeah you know the one country that I've been keeping my eye on a lot and it's one that we talk a lot about in the same context as we often talk about Hungary and other countries that we're watching that were once quasi-democratic or moving toward democracy and are now you know backsliding towards authoritarianism and it's Turkey you know. In recent years we've seen president of Turkey. Really try to clamp down on dissent trying to exert more control over the media and control narratives. He is post-coup the attempted coup against his rule. His locked up journalists. He's locked up. People of all walks of life. And you know we're seeing him kind of extending that control and using the corona virus again as the pretext or or as the reason for doing that so what they're doing is they're really trying to crack down on what they're saying is misinformation about the colonel virus and again at surface level right. That sounds like a good thing. You don't want people spreading misinformation and getting people killed you know and saying certain things are curious if they're not or saying that the virus is not dangerous when it is. That's that's the argument that they're making right that we're just trying to crack down the misinformation. The reality is that they're cracking down on people who were going against the status quo narrative of what everyone says is happening in the country so while it may be some cases of misinformation we have the government you have. Aragon deciding what is misinformation? And there's this really remarkable moment this truck driver who had this viral video talking about the virus. He was arrested and he was finally released. Because the public was was really mad but Turkey's interior ministry was talking about the the guys detention and why he was. He was detained and he said that nearly three thousand social media accounts had been identified for propagating misinformation. And then he said we're trying to detain as many as possible like not even not sugar coating it right like literally like no. We're trying to arrest literally everyone on these social media accounts and that's really scary right and that's the same thing because if it's misinformation again about something that's dangerous that's one thing but if you're posting on social media criticizing the government and saying maybe not doing enough or. I'm not getting supplies. I need it my hospital and they come in rescue. That's the same thing we saw in China rate. That's the same thing that caused arguably outbreak in the first place so not only is that scary for democracy. It's scary for the corona virus response inside just quickly to add like this is the kind of thing we're seeing elsewhere and even in Thailand. The prime minister is now going after journalists who criticized the government or pretty much anyone who says the government like all under. Oh we have to make sure we have the right information for Corona virus. This seems to be one of the commonplace. It's fascinating to see this happen. Europe Asia Latin America all Middle East across the board. This seems to be one of the major plays. Well I mean it makes perfect sense right as John said. Everyone agrees that you need to be dealing with current virus misinformation because it can literally get people killed it is in the structure of a public health crisis that it is really really important that individuals take specific action on their own in ways that the state just can't force them to which the information you can't have a government agent in your house making you wash your hands right so under those circumstances it's really important that people get the right messages that viral misinformation no pun intended be corrected on social media like that. That sort of thing is fight all Yet in a country where the leadership is not democratically accountable. Or is dubiously democratically accountable. Or Hell even is democratically accountable but can figure out some way to temporarily get around at right there. It's much easier to abuse the same steps to insulate yourself from any kind of legitimate and meaningful criticism. Right that's why this this transcends region and really speaks to the nature of the people in power in all of these various different governments. We've been talking about is that they have a degree of authority. They care more about maintaining it than they do about ensuring the continued viability of democratic practice in their country and so they're willing to exploit the corona virus using plausible-sounding excuses. It's just it is really the perfect situation for somebody. Who wants to clamp down on the free flow of information and so you're seeing that happen in country after country in different ways. I don't know if we made this clear in the hungry situation but I believe until me. He's like if I had this wrong. But part of the the measures the state of emergency measures that that put in place mean that there are no rallies no elections that can be held during the state of emergency. Is that correct? Yeah that's right that's right that to me even more than the suppression of dissent and. Control of information that is potentially even more terrifying because you talked about Democratic Accountability Right that actually takes away that democratic accountability very directly. I'm not in any way trying to suggest that the situation in the US is comparable or that trump is comparable to two or Bonn at all to make that clear but we are seeing concerns among people especially on the left. Obviously you know what happens. Are we going to have an election here in the US? Because we're this is an election year and there are a lot of people who are scared that could could trump suspend the elections. And you know there's a lot of discussion that looks like legally probably couldn't and we would still get it done but there was a moment this week when trump was overheard saying. I'm not sure the exact context but was basically talking about the issue of whether we could do mail in ballots for all these elections that are coming up and he was essentially saying we shouldn't do that. We can't do that because then Republicans will never win another election. And I'm paraphrasing but that response is really scary because it's like a very overt political response like no. We can't do that and so again. I think you know the concerns over. The Corona virus make even holding elections sketchy and scary and an unclear whether you can do them in a fair way and so it's just it's just another way to kind of erode that democratic accountability. That's really scary. We've been talking mostly about dubiously democratic or questionably democratic states right but this is as John points out up potentially problem even for countries that have long democratic traditions in Israel for instance the parliament's speaker who is a member of prime minister. Netanyahu's party refused to comply with a court order that would force the government to seize the parliament where the opposition held a majority in in this maneuver which had thrown the country's political system into chaos basically coerced the leader of the opposition for reasons that are totally unclear to me and to joining up with the governments for what he claims are are the duration of the crisis but seems to empower Netanyahu. Who's been acting throughout this crisis Swiftly in sometimes in in ways and bitter consistent with public health dictates but also in ways that fit with his long standing authoritarian tendencies to try to hold onto power at any cost and now the opposition is fractured. And Netanyahu has a relatively solid majority in parliament. No in Britain you've seen pretty substantially stepped up surveillance powers that the Johnson government has received and real concerns from civil libertarians. That they just won't give those up after the virus crisis is over so while it obviously is a bigger problem in states where the the leadership actively dedicated to dismantling democracy even in countries that are more solidly democratic in Israel's Increasingly. Not In that situation for reasons that we've talked about other shows. It creates a problem for the tenuous balance of rights and freedoms you need for democracy to be functioning in the way that you wanted to for people to feel free enough to act in how they like in their private life as well as to participate politically and to challenge the government in public life. And you can you can you. Don't there's like a spectrum here right? It's not just democracy not democracy. It's Kellyanne emergency powers crew during times like these and up eroding the quality of democracy in your country and we saw that pretty vividly in the United States after nine eleven with the expansion of police powers and the Patriot. Act and stuff like that but now increasingly you're seeing it to varying degrees in cure democracies in struggling democracies alike. I don't let that America point go because I think that's incredibly illustrative and important. I mean let's remember. Yes we all number nine eleven. We don't have to go through that but what happened next. Which at the time. You could make some reasonable arguments for was a large surveillance capability to survey foreigners and some Americans were in contact with foreigners. It's all their communications. These warrants to spy on people effectively to see what they were up to because they might be suspected of of doing terrorist acts or may be. I mean it goes on and on and all of this was done with the well. We don't want another nine eleven to happen again in the government needs to have control. There's actually kind of decent ish arguments for those authorities at least more plausible arguments that you can make but what happened was an goes to a warning. I I kind of mentioned earlier is a lot of those powers. Remain or a lot of those power stayed or are around in some form and once you put these in place..
"hungary" Discussed on Worldly
"It was frustrating for him to have to put up with even the veneer of a democratic system even though it was cleverly designed to keep him not a foul of EU rules about democracy. You're supposed to still be a democracy if you're going to be in European Union and it is a big deal for Hungary to be in the EU reason being the EU gives them a tremendous amount of subsidies which the government has used to funnel money to their preferred businesses and private sector leaders and also just generally keep their economy afloat site poor management by the organ regime. So it's strings overreach. Not just because it's unnecessary for dealing with the coronavirus problem but because it is in fact likely to produce a backlash you already have people in the European Union talking about what kinds of punishments or not exactly sanctions in the sense of like what. America does the country that doesn't like but other kinds of internal rules that might maybe restrict the flow of money to Hungary a have hearings of some sort about its continued membership in the EU right if it gets cut off from EU funding and resources. There isn't an obvious way for the government to make up the gap moreover it strikes me. This is from talking to Hungarians again that it's really really important for the regime's legitimacy to be able to tell people that they still live in democracy. If you'll get pulling inside Hungary people still believe that they should have democracy. I think ordinary citizens believed at least as of two thousand eighteen that they were still living in one. That was part of the point of having a state bought media right. You can convince people their living democracy even though they're not but if they do this and then they Now recently a new push to try to take power away from mayors at the local level. It just so happens that some of the mayors in the country's largest cities including Budapest. Our opposition party mayors that they actually managed to despite the playing field being so tilted against them manage to win some local elections which is an extraordinary feat and a testament to the fact that maybe Hungarians are starting to get tired of the way that Bonn had been running the country. Now it's GonNa be much much much much more difficult to say. We respect the will of the People. We respect what they decided to do. And that could in theory there have been street. Protests against government policies that successfully forced them to back off. That could Engender a serious popular backlash against the regime. So that's kind of why I actually think that the timing right now is really smart on Orban's part not that again. Not that I support this idea but I think the timing actually makes a lot of sense because one just talking about popular protests and backlash. Well if everyone's scared of getting corona virus and it doesn't gather in large groups that makes protesting a lot harder just physically you know logistically. So there's that there's also the kind of broader idea a lot of strong men dictators. We've seen this in authoritarian regimes across the world. And over time they like to present themselves. Often is this benevolent father. Figure who is watching over the country in protecting you and keeping you safe and I can understand at a time of great fear overcurrent virus. Alex like you said they. They may only have a comparatively low number of cases but their neighbors and other countries in the EU have a lot more cases and and I can understand that presenting himself as this look. I'm just doing this to protect you. It reminds me a lot of how you see. Hooton trying to set himself up as a wise elder Russia. You've seen that obviously in the Kim family regimes throughout time in North Korea is like we are the ones protecting you from this threat so I think in that sense it makes sense the question which I think you've both gotten at is okay. That lasts for only so long right once. This threat goes away and it will. It may be months or a year but it will and at that point if he doesn't then rescinded which everything points to the fact that he probably won't then do you start to see popular protests. Then do you start to see the backlash capitalizing on on fear? A lot of people just want to make sure that the government's in control and doing something in a way that people who don't normally like government control you know might not otherwise. Have those kind of stronger feelings. Like I wanNA feel like somebody's in charge and taking control and keeping me safe so I will let him have these powers for now. The question again is what happens when the crisis is over. We're going to take a quick break. Because Jen helpfully brought up the fact that this is not just a Hungary problem but actually global problem. We're talking about a few other places where the current of. Irs Crisis has served as an opportunity for authoritarian leaders to or authoritarian minded leaders in democracies to try to expand their own powers or scope of control of the state. Hey It's Swisher you may know me as the only person who looks cool wearing sunglasses indoors but in my spare time. I hosted podcast called Rico decode every week. We talk about power changed the people you need to know. Around tech and beyond some of my recent guests include Edward Snowden Megan and the cast of the ellwood which was a huge thrill for me. If any of these sound interesting to you. Listen them now on Rico. Decode subscribe to the show for free on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast APP to be the first to hear new interviews every week. Hey it is as a host of Ezra Klein show podcast. We've been covering a huge amount of corona virus related questions over on the show and this week we sat.
"hungary" Discussed on Worldly
"Maybe there's a few leaves in there and it keeps like riding over Jen's face sometimes we just see a mouth in some disembodied tattoos talking to us it's like enjoy interacting with somebody So yeah as you. Listeners are aware of at this point we are recording from our home studios which is to say just places in our actual houses. We apologize for any errors in the quality of sound so we are talking about a common feature of crises of any sort. Which is that leaders. Who have authoritarian tendencies often tend to use them to expand their own power? And this is true. Both in the thornberry in states where it's to be expected but also in countries that are nominally democratic but have elected leaders who have consolidated their own power and used it to undermine the process of elections themselves. No country is more known for this phenomenon. Hungary where just in this past week? The parliament which is controlled by Prime Minister Viktor. Orban's government passed a bill that would essentially give him the ability to rule by dictate for as long as he wants not just the duration of the crisis but literally as as long as he sees fit to be in charge of the country and ruling it by his own orders Jenner. Alex is there any other order like that? You're aware of in any democracy around the world democracy. No we see these kinds of orders all the time in authoritarian countries the sweeping power here in Hungary is so pervasive. I mean we'll go into the details momentarily but I think just generally speaking. It's important to note that is effectively. Cut off any form of dissent especially from journalists that has given the authorities a lot of power to kind of jail people for staying outside of quarantines wherever may be antidote suspended a lot of the political processes whether it be elections whether it be actual having a parliament etc and so like this is unheard of in the democratic world? I mean democratic nations. Do take a lot of steps that trample on civil freedoms and whatnot. And we'll get into those but this is way beyond this is very much a centralizing the power in the executive and in Orban's specifically in Hungary and so this this is why it's it's stepped outside of the norm and broken through Outside of all the other cases that will soon talk about this is so much further and so much more authoritarian than we've seen and it's even leading calls. I mean it's gotten so bad that even some in the European Union are saying maybe it's time to kick Hungary out. Yeah Zach longtime worldly listeners. Probably know that you did a really awesome reporting trip. In Hungary in the not too distant past time has no meaning anymore. We are in the ninety third day of March. I think that's correct. Yes even though. It's April first one one recording this and since you know a lot about Hungary and have done some really great on the ground reporting there. I wonder if you could just walk us through in detail. What specifically or bonded what these orders are and how he pushed it through. Because I'm still you know I know the kind of general outline but I wonder if you could just walk us through the details here so it's important to understand the background here. That is to say what the Orban's government has been doing for the past ten years. Roughly that it's been in power or was prime minister of the country is not his first time in power. He was shortly after the end of the Cold War and his party lost an election an early one and he decided afterwards that the problem was not with anything that he had done. But with the voters and the media and so on that yet his his feet as faction or fee dash depending on how accurate. You WanNa be in terms of the Hungarian pronunciation. I'm not going to be accurate this time because my Hungarian is very very bad or bond after after taking power this time around systematically worked to undermine the free functioning of democracy. Now this is not being until right now a overtly authoritarian takeover of the state. That's a relatively new thing What he has done instead is very very. Subtly corrupt the system to rig the playing field of elections specifically parliamentary elections. The important ones and to make it difficult for anyone to fund or start off any meaningful opposition bloc so this involves things like redistributing economic and regulatory favors towards his friends and his political allies buying up media broadcasters and newspapers to the point where something like ninety percents of all media outlets and Hungary by one estimate are owned either by the government or by its associates that is to say business leaders or rich people who've been empowered by the state to work with them and to make it so that elections are functionally noncompetitive and by functionally non competitive. I don't mean that opposition can't run and they can say what they wanna say can do all of those things until recently you didn't go to jail in Hungary for expressing to send what they did was make it such that it was already difficult to begin with because they gerrymandered. The map pretty profoundly so that feed us would have structural advantages in the electorate. They also would not give equal time to opposition members. They would do tricks like stand up faked parties with similar names. This one is less proven but so plausible or voted. Ballet's Lee. Yeah. They tried this before. That's crazy I heard on the underground for people in Hungary but the point was to make it so that it still looks like a democratic political system. It talked like a democratic political system. But you know when you're you're actually paying attention close and very very detailed attention to the way the electoral system functioned. You'd realize that this is not an electoral system at all. It's a way of legitimising. One man rule They also amended the constitution of variety of different ways with a two-thirds majority which they've won repeatedly in these rigged elections. So when I was there in two thousand eighteen there so live debate as to whether Hungary was authoritarian or democratic state and I made the case in my piece to link to in the notes that it was not a democratic state that it was essentially making a mockery of the idea of democracy and there are still some people in the West even who have defended this as merely an expression of the populist. Right-wing will in Hungarian society when in fact or on his real popular support. I don't want to understate this. But in fact or buying You know in the last election. He won under fifty percent of the vote but over two thirds of the seats in Parliament. And that's even despite systematic rigging with the media. This isn't a guy who's winning on a wave of popular support even though he does have some in reality the current order. You know part of me wonders why the decided to issue this at all because it it strips away the subtle and clever veneer that the government had used claim that they were still democratic state as Alex said it indefinitely suspended democratic procedure most notably by giving ORB on the ability to issue authoritative dictates. So he just sort of says so literal dust. Yes exactly right. What's more is that? This order doesn't have an expiration date. It doesn't say until X. amount of Kovic cases are under control It it just as long as or bond himself decides that he wants to rule this way he can now it's possible for parliament's to vote and remove the powers from them. And maybe they will but if they do. It won't be in a way that provides meaningful constraints on Orban's power because again it is controlled two thirds by feed as the court also has oversight but Orban has systematically worked to pack the courts with his cronies and neuter the courts jurisdiction to make it difficult for them to overturn the ruling. And if you want to report critically on this if you're in the ten percent of media outlets that are not owned by the government or one of its allies you can be put in jail for five years under this legislation for spreading false information. Now this is supposed to be in theory about Corona virus of course when you have one strong man in charge guy who's again and again demonstrated his authoritarian instincts. There's no doubt that what this means is. He wants to power and he wants to jail people who threaten them. Just to play devil's advocate here and you know I don't actually you agree with this. But there is the corona virus crisis in Europe right. There's one here in the United States. There's pandemic going on first of all KINDA WANNA know. What is the current situation in Hungary? Like are they in the same kind of situation that like in Italy or Spain or even parts of the? Us like New York to be part of this. Bill basically is allowing like you said him to Orban's had basically issued dictates from the top down but it would seem to maybe make some sense as we're seeing potentially in the US of needing a strong federal government to handle things at a federal level rather than letting local and state or regional leaders making kind of add. Hawk Patrick Decision so one. What's the situation like to? Is there any possibility that this is actually a good move? Even if it doesn't end that itself is pretty scary. Yeah those are fair questions. And they're both wrong so the last amount of cases I've seen and I'm sure the situation changes all the time but last estimate I saw was about four hundred or so positive cases at hungry. That's incredibly small compared to what we've seen in Italy Spain the United States. I've seen in in South Korea and elsewhere the notion that Hungary's hastings such a crisis that requires A dictator literally from the top to solve. The crisis is mute It's never good to have four hundred seven people sick this way but it is not necessarily worse. It's not even close to one of the worst cases in the world. Plus we've also seen democracies handle these crises without needing dictates We've see south. Korea is a good example Heck I know the United States situations out of control but we've ramped up testing and a whole bunch of other measures without needing dictatorial rule. So I guess it's been proven as you do not need authoritarianism or as Zach also wrote eloquently before and we'll show like this notion of authoritarian envy if only we had these strongman rulers in charge. We would somehow be able to curb the scourge early enough to maybe try to answer. Questions is why Hungary doing this now. Y so blatantly and I can't say to have any special knowledge here but if I were a betting man I would say that Hungary is in the EU and so it had to abide by even a thin veneer of democratic practice at a time when everyone is focused on only one thing and especially when a lot of EU countries are facing a lot of this problem. France Spain Italy. Their attention turned elsewhere. And now that thin veneer doesn't need to be there anymore and what's helpful. I guess for someone like or bond is when you make these kinds of laws. When make these kinds of moves? They tend to stick. It's really hard to remove them. And so yeah. We're all criticizing and they'll be podcast episodes about Orban's doing a bad thing but this too shall pass and these laws will remain. And that's what I worry that. He's taken advantage of the small window to probably do something he's wanted to do. But had some constraint against and none of that constraint has gone he's gone full-throttle. Yeah it strikes me Alex to that point as a serious case of authoritarian overreach in some ways like like counterproductive. Move on the Orban's governments part so for one thing as you've pointed out and I it is simply incorrect. That authoritarian powers are necessary to combat the current virus. In fact if you look across cases I spoke to a number of different experts about this. There's no evidence that authoritarian states are performing better and some of the worst countries for example Iran and early on China failed due to the nature of their authoritarian systems. And that's part of why we have a global outbreak to begin with but contrast some democracies like South Korea. Taiwan had performed relatively. Well right. It's just. There's no systematic comparison argument for why you need authoritarian rule by one person or one political party powers in order to do the the the measures necessary to contain corona virus. Which are compatible with you. Know Still Standard Democratic functioning. The second point is I think Oregon and this is a little bit of speculation. But it's based in part on talking to people who know him personally used to work with him including one legislator who's in his party until she realized he was and quit Is that he. He is a guy who really wants and likes to have power right. He wants to rule as a one person states. That is what he's been building towards..
"hungary" Discussed on GroundTruth
"Let's recap the playbook of victims. Ben I is. Allies are banned newspapers. We Sean now. Under the umbrella of Kashmir second is government spends millions of dollars each year to keep those propaganda media afloat regardless was acquitted of journalism and third orban ban any supporters. ACOUSTICALLY trying to clamp down on independent media as ability to do that job birds all band government. Defense cash mass position. In supporting Hungary's entrepreneurs and enterprises the formulation and establishment of cash was a market like private initiative and we helped the private initiative and the resort and Kovic is victor all vans international spokesman and he explained paint to me that Kashmir also plays an important role in Hungary's development for the past nine years. We've been building up those areas. which have relevance this? From the perspective of Hungary's National Future and that is a matter of national strategy or national security including critical infrastructure picture and so on small has approached the government with an initiative which was bringing together a Hungarian owned media. And we believe that in today's world at the beginning of the Twentieth Century Emmanuel respect the national ownership of media is part of the critical infrastructure. We have to face Kovac was not concerned about the lack of transparency of Kashmir. You says the government does not intervene in this private initiative of detail title. What about a state advertising money directed to cash my media companies? Does it create a bias and distorted media market. Well I believe not I I mean. Depression is wrong. What is important for us is how to reach those Hungarians actually to whom we are talking to and that's why we have concentrated revenues that instead instead of spending it in an efficient way we spend the money efficiently according to call that because cash so fast it only makes sense for the government amen to spend money advertising food or cash match? That is we have dogs. We want to reach And it doesn't matter who is providing US those targets if if the advertisement reaches the goal for that it is fine for the government to advertise because over countries do it but the problem is unlike other governments like France Austria all bands. Advertising campaigns MIA minorities migrants or any opponents of the government. Speaking of Austria Victor Albans Media Strategy became a source of inspiration to inference twenty eighteen national election campaign. Hey this is old your former video clip codes the AP's affair which was released by two German newspapers. Newspapers Video. Looks like it was. We've called it with a hidden camera. It shows the leader of the Austrian Korean Far-right Party and Russian investors plotting to win a twenty eighteen Austrian. Parliamentary elections part of the scheme was to buy Australia's has men tabloid and to motivate after the media takeover in Hungary. Lena your birth from we are back in. Brussels does Belgium after several weeks longer. It was time to go back to my routine of covering Europe but I could not forget. How all bands methods could could become a template for the rest of the continent like scheme? We just heard out in Austria. I am not the only one. Julie Marches Zach is from reporters thirds. Vote Baldur's while it is already the case I mean if the e U does nothing he will allow other member states is to follow the road. I mean Poland does what Hungary did before. Yeah it opened the doors for other member said to say Oh Anyway Eddie. You doesn't care about value so we are free weekend whatever we want. So what can Europe do. UPN lawmakers worries at Oban tight restrictions offers a free media but also immigrants and human rights groups will only weekend Democratic Dick Freedoms what was really surprising over. The past months is how European officials in diplomats are aware of what all band is doing the free repress but some countries like Poland Romania and Croatia. I totally agree with some of all bands. Policies overs like like France and the Netherlands. Believes that Hungary's democracy is in danger. It is always difficult for European countries to jugs in neighbors. Positional GNOMES. Oh sensitive national issues. So besides what they called could monitoring Zishu said do not wish to sanction allman and. This is another novel. Line of Alban's particular playbook playing within the limits of what is acceptable to European Union and finding grey areas and when any DAS- he knows he won't face any scrutiny or consequences beyond the European Union's broader concerns about all bench controls the media there is also a local crisis. I'm reminded of what Attila by Bose. The local editor in page told me he said that there is no freedom of suppressing the pricing Ongeri Anymore Shaw Kubota shoveling atom is going to hold your most of your. I'm pessimistic because a few years ago. We never thought we could could of ended up in this situation Viktor. Orban wants to preserve a tiny version of a democracy. People can protest and some newspapers can still write bad things about the prime minister. So this allows victor hormone to say see in Hungary. There's no threat to democracy named Josh Right Act and that is a shadow. In which Hungary finds itself today where some of the trappings of democracy remain intact but the country's democracy democracy is under threat so government controls a large percentage of the media and seems to be writing history of the nation Hungary are`maybe stumbling towards a new very ties. A what all bank owes his illiberal democracy in Quinton aureus various is ground truth global reporting fellow with our democracy undone project you can read his accompanying written piece in the Atlantic magazine on our website. We've created a graphic illustration `lustration authoritarians playboy for all seven countries featured. In the project. There are also interviews with each of our democracy on reporting fellows. You tell us what you think of this episode and give us a rating. Tell your friends they can subscribe on. NPR One apple podcasts. spotify or wherever they listen. 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Executive producer of the podcast and founder of the Ground Truth Project which which supports emerging journalists to do on the ground reporting in undercover corners of the world our democracy democracy undone series continues as we turn to the next chapter in the authoritarians playbook exploiting religion in India Prime Minister Narendra commodious redrawing India's religious fault lines to consolidate power in the world's largest democracy in Kashmir the Indian government has stripped the only muslim-majority already state of its autonomy in Assam. hindu-nationalist mobs are lynching innocent Muslims in northern India. The state is constructing a Hindu temple on. What's what's left of a mosque? Desecrated by Hindu. Nationalist Mobs Modi is also redefining. What it means to be Indian who is a citizen listen who will become stateless? Dehumanizing indigenous people is violated illegal Bangladeshis. Because they didn't they're grabbing land. 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"hungary" Discussed on GroundTruth
"Minister Viktor. Orion the Victor Orban has been involved in politics for over thirty years during the one thousand nine hundred eighty S. He was a long head activist calling Owen to Ongeri Communist. The communist regime collapsed. I and in one thousand nine hundred ninety s country held free elections Viktor. Orban was elected to parliament leading his Fidesz party which had received saved barely nine percents of the seats. Eight years. Later or band became Hungary's Prime Minister and Bill to coalition government. We've over conservative conservative parties but oh bands. Opponents criticized each placement of allies in key wars the station and is polarizing politics. Fix all bands party lost. Its majority to fasten into any became the leader of your position. He supported the blames blames. The media for the loss in two thousand ten oban came back in a landslide so that TV on the part five this time he's feeders. Polity held the two thirds majority in parliament. This majority allowed Adam to disregard any objections forms the opposition parties and gave them the power to rewrite the constitution. They did this more than ten times since two thousand ten is tacked. The Constitutional Court is caught as a country. More conservative judges Zan Victoria all ban. Dan began to redraw the media landscape. He pushed four new regulatory bodies and media. Console stacked it with his allies the console whereas power to impose penalties on media outlets for any coverage government considers unbalance. That is anything critical of the government. We've all bands government controls in place is wealthy backers went on a buying spree from Dotan. It was the year run. The government came to power overlooked of ownership changes in the Hungarian media market or by is economist economist and member of Mythic a media watchdog. Several international investments left the Hungarian market or they just I simply saw the major of their portfolio especially in the only two car market at the same time the domestic investors bought up this media assets and this domestic to invest rs and that financial mess stars. They are political invest best starts. It means that they serve political interest of course not surprisingly program meant odaguard close to the prime minister I Began to build a media empire brought up newspapers and independent websites. The also shut down newspapers overnight like the left leaning liberty of the people more of what had been independent media suddenly became loyal promoters of government typically to Viktor Orban is looking forward to a third successive term as prime minister after e one another four year term in twenty eighteen. All Band was now how about to officially sanctions his media. Empire Kashmira now a year later. Kashmir's almost five hundred outlets. It's include political newspapers local newspapers. TV stations tabloids and news websites then the government quickly issued a decree declaring that the creation of Kashmir was a matter of his election or interest. This is key. This decree exempted cashmere from any other side from the country's competition authority and it has managed to evade any antitrust laws that could be enforced buys as European Union of which Hungary has been a member. Since two thousand four Kashmir's national dominance is built on a network of local news outlets many are in small cities across the country. So I went to one of those communities. I drove free hours to patch a CD in southwest southwest Hungary in twenty seventeen Attila. Babu's air win. Good launches a regional news website. Free pitch the explains local communities. Today have a hard time finding news about the local areas typically the Kashmir local newspapers have around sixteen pages but only a fraction is written by the local reporters that means fewer stories stories about local officials stories. We've looked going back to the issue of conducting a lot of people stopped breeding those newspapers for political reasons but but also because they weren't interesting anymore or they were badly written. Most local media owned by Kashmira and receives a content from public relations agencies. NC's told me why thinks Kashmir investors are buying small market news outlets and it's not unlike sinclair media the America which is used its chain of local TV stations to spread nationalist right-wing point of view. He yet uh-huh yeah clearly. They look for opportunities in rural areas. Where people only get information through the television or the local newspapers? It's a bigger electoral weapon than we think. Think according to a news regimen dominated by Kashmir's nationalist narrative helps keep Albans Party in power abic before launching their own. Line new site at till an air win wrote for the paper that today is owned by Kitiona but because independent and not pro government they are now running into problems of access. Zan Not invited to press conferences and officials do not answer questions. This is the easiest way to reason for that is to call us fake news so they don't communicate at all so we don't get any information on cashman not only towards information that on gas receive it plays a significant foale inside the ties moments. They see Hungary as less than ten million people about the same number as Indiana yet Indiana as it just over two hundred fifty media outlets compare that to Hungary's nearly five hundred pro government media outlets controlled.
"hungary" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"The world's first twenty four hour our stereo video music channel you became flashier and more aggressive and began to rely much heavier on disco influences and heavier electronic sentence so for years. Yep Roc was seen as cool. It was consigned to wedding parties and dusty record collections. I'm came in to be seen as hit me of one thousand nine hundred eighty. S Small Seed Fund fool music but what you're seeing seeing. Is that the wind in its way back in the sales of y'all rock now yeah definitely now on spotify there's playlist that have hundreds of thousands of followers and and also if you look at things like Google searches for yacht rock they've steadily climbed since the twenty tens and you see this nice little spike in summer months when people try and seek the guy that distinctive west coast sound not summery breezy be your house and when people are seeking out. Are they looking back to these classics or are we or the new yachtsman. They're definitely looking back for these classics but I think a testament to the influence of this genre of music is the fact got so many modern day artists looked back to it and include traits in their music today and some examples include fragments of time by Daft punk and if you listen to vampire weekend money of their tracks have distinctive yacht qualities to them if you're looking for more latent tribute than I think you need look no no further than undercuts show you the way which actually features Michael McDonald.
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"Any hopes they have of stopping the west destroying the woolworth soon dashed as dozens of young men pulled on a rope and chains. The chunk went up our don with the wall after the fall of communism in one thousand nine hundred nine. Hungary turned to democracy. It's new political system would be held up as an example for other central and eastern European states. That's not the case today. The current democratically elected leader is Viktor Orban's. He's held office once before for four years from nineteen ninety eight. He was re elected in two thousand ten ten and there's little sign. He's going to lose his job anytime soon I sing. Migration is stoppable in many countries especially invest your politicians tried to convince people that it's not possible to stop by not through Mr Orban's anti immigrant rhetoric and the accompanying policies of his party Videsh mean he remains popular in a country that has little ethnic diversity but he's also taken worrying steps to ensure his job security steps that have catalyzed Hungary slide into autocracy Chrissy. What victor done has achieved over the past nine years in Hungary is to hollow out a European democracy so so that it's effectively a one party state. MATT STAINED GLASS IS OUR EUROPE CORRESPONDENT. It feels like any other middle income European. Stay Day like a functional liberal democracy but it's not it's controlled by one man and his political party and his friends all of this is a far cry from the prime minister's routes when as a young long haired liberal urged the Hungarian people to reject communism communism and embrace free elections gone off in one thousand nine hundred nine as the Soviet. Via Block was coming apart. Victor Orban was a talented young law student who was identified as one of the most liberal anti-communist voices in the Hungarian student movement up politically but over the course of time he he has shifted from a liberal centre-right stance to an increasingly nationalistic stance so by today the it wants young liberal reformer is now a hardline nationalist ruler who dominates his country's political Michael System with an iron hand well. What do you mean by that in. In what way is he is a dominant. How is Hungary different under Victorian as of the late two thousands Hungary was seen as the most successful possibly the most entrenched formerly communist country in Eastern Europe in terms of its transition to democracy people saw it as a stable capitalist democratic liberal country member of the European Union and over the course of the last nine years he has changed the constitution altered all of the institutions of the democratic state so that they can be controlled old by his political party by businessmen politicians businessmen and oligarchs were linked to him. He is extended domination over the media sphere. He's hollowed out the court system but how has he managed that how has sort of gotten away with it starting from a stable happy democracy so completely undermined. How do you do that well hungry. It wasn't really a tremendously happy democracy. When Orbin took over people were quite satisfied with the previous Socialist government which was fairly corrupt erupt as well but that has faction led them in two thousand ten to vote for Mister Orban's Fidesz they about fifty three percent of the vote and because of the Hungarian electoral system that fifty three percent of the vote meant that they had two thirds of the seats in parliament and with two thirds of the seats in parliament they could changed the constitution which they quickly did they change the constitutional court they revise the electoral system and gerrymandered district in which people are being elected and make sure they wouldn't leave and what you found was that by two thousand fourteen by the time the next elections they had effectively guaranteed themselves victory victory and the two thousand eighteen election's again. They want exactly two thirds of the seats in parliament at this stage. It looks like there's no power you're in the Hungarian system of governments that can stand up to dash and Viktor Orban and the separation of powers which you need for a liberal democratic state effectively no longer exists in Hungary but insofar as they actually have. Why have the Hungarian people gone along with this is is all of this just simply below the radar clever gerrymandering and keeping quiet about procedural changes that don't look so nefarious victory robot infidels are still very popular. They're very popular because Serb. Nationalist politics of the kind of their practice are very appealing. The Jawbone was the first national leader in Europe to build a fence to block out to to block doc migrants in the migrant crisis two thousand fifteen that was extremely popular and the economy is doing well. Growth has been about three point five percents for the last five years and and unemployment is below four percent but that's also true for much of Central Europe and they've cut the budget deficit but what are the troubling things about what's happened in Hungary is that it appears that people don't really care all that much about constitutional issues and that is an issue that may have echoes well beyond Hungary. What's still surprises me about. This story is how complete Mr Orban's transformation from fist shaking liberal to shoot this kind of like absolute autocrat does that transformation kind of tell you anything about the current state of right wing leadership spreading throughout Europe well so true Viktor Orban's transformation from nine hundred eighty nine to do this in one thousand nine is an incredible encapsulation of what has happened to to the ideas that we had about liberal democracy in nineteen eighty nine and what's really worrisome is that it seems like he appears to have decided that the type of Liberalism uh-huh that he championed at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union was naive and not actually a lasting foundation on which to build a successful political party or successful State Heat Al explicitly says that he wants to govern illiberal liberal democracy he doesn't believe in Berlin he wants to govern a state in which the majority rules and takes no account minority interests and there are a lot of similar politicians to whom you could point around the world not just people like regurgitate in Philippines but people like Donald Trump United States who seem to value the will of the majority rather than individual rights who are eager to find enemies to vilify and to run campaigns based John Phobia and one just hopes that these people are not in fact the future of democracy. Uh thank you very much for joining us. My pleasure.
"hungary" Discussed on Worldly
"Millions as always and a frequent guest of ours. Alex ward writer on our foreign team. We've had a lot recently about immigrants and asylum-seekers in the United States. This is a global problem and the ongoing refugee and migration crisis is transforming politics across Europe, a few governments most prominently a Hungarian had been feuding with Germany over its openness to refugees and the last few days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made a radical policy shift in the anti-migration direction. I actually spent a week in Hungary reporting on this story and other ones. So today on the show, we're going to talk all about immigration and asylum Europe. But firsts gen let's start on the basics of Europe and immigration. What has been happening in wise, the such a big deal? Yeah. So for the past several years, there was this massive flood. Of people coming into Europe from places like Syria and Afghantistan in particular as well as all across Africa and beyond in part driven by the series of war, the war in Afghanistan climate change, things like that. So you had this massive kind of flood of refugees the suddenly kind of spiked trying to get into Europe. And at first the EU and general was fairly open. Right. So they had this kind of open border policy. They were taking in lots of refugees. Then there was this massive right wing backlash against migrants and against political parties and political leaders who were advocating for this more open, border policy, and Hungary, basically led the charge and built to border fences to keep refugees from crossing the border into Hungary from Serbia, which actually isn't an e country. So I was there about a week ago. And I met a refugee in Hungary, named eve rar story, really illustrates was closing borders means for actual people in this restriction on my Gration, white matters. So. Met him in Budapest at a place called central European university, which is actually under attack by the Hungarian government for being essentially too liberal and democratic either is completing a high school quivalent degree there for migrants and pitcher in nineteen year old guy with very fashionable haircut. And on the sides long on the top and abroad, really winning smile. You've always Harare. And there are people who are being persecuted in Pakistan indices TV will leaving militant groups killing other people on the best of their beliefs and. There at Mississippi his family couldn't afford to go with him when he fled this violence. So he left by himself, and he's a continuous route through Iran Turkey, then he crossed the Mediterranean in this little boat on his way to Serbia the goal of all of this was to get into Hungary through Serbia, the closest access point given that Hungary's in the EU, and it would accept people. But by the time got there, Hungary, had put out these big border fences with barbed wire and armed guards designed to block people like him from entering the country. So he waited outside of this fence for months in giants U N built tents that head about two hundred people in them. He has an interview with the Hungarian the thirties waits two more months. And then they take him not quite crossed the border, but Shostak Rossett in thing called a transit zone where they hold refugees while they're waiting to decide whether or not to grant them asylum tries zoom like you could say you kind of detention center. I five you're allowed to go outside from all said people are not allowed to come inside to meet you in the transit Sony had no internet has phone was useless without a Hungarian sim card..
"hungary" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"If a guy by my neighbor buys a Ferrari, do I have to make the payment. And the answer is no, I'm not I'm not doing it. And by the way, these countries in Europe are very damage because once you're in Europe, you have free travel so country like Hungary that doesn't want to take people in might eventually get people because there's an issue with how you keep them out. Hungary Poland Czech Republic. Have frequently said, they don't want to take migrants, and they are right Hungary, had an election and brought in Victor Orlan. Well, I'm not gonna say is my my my favorite cat, but based on this, very concept and principle. It's madness. Now. What are you said to me as well? Do I get to drive the the the Ferrari? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, tell me what you're what the nation has getting Germany decides to take in refugees. What is it that they actually get? And by the way, they are not refugees. They're migrants remind myself of the of the terminology. What is it that they get what is the win there? Right. What is it that somehow, they're they're they're gaining? Well, they were let's say beginning a workforce. There are people who really wanted to work should hungry somehow get some benefit from that. When they said, they're not taking any migrants. The answer is absolutely not. But hungry shouldn't have to pay for their workforce, and Hungary should not be compensated. Because Germany gotta workforce. Germany made a decision. It has nothing to do with the surrounding countries. So of course, no, I shouldn't have to pay for the Ferrari, of course, not. The problem. The EU has then this is a it's a great Brexit conversation is to this very idea that somehow were we all have to deal with the consequences of the actions of one which is to say Germany in this case. This is also Germany and France trying to engage a power over the rest of the EU. A level of control over the rest of the EU. And that shouldn't happen. That should not happen at all. And nations like Poland should stand up for themselves. And I have been a proponent for a while now that what the president should do. And he he gave the great speech in Poland. We should be taking a look at military options in Poland on.
"hungary" Discussed on Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
"It was a cool spot. It was definitely interesting. You felt like you were back in time a little bit. There were a lot of locals there. The inside was cool. I went inside to use the bathroom. We were sitting outside because it was such nice weather. But the one downside to a lot of places in Budapest is if you're sitting outside, you can smoke. And so everybody smokes and it's really not that comfortable to be out there, especially if you have kids. So that's only downside. But other than that, it's a cool experience and they did have the IFA the local IP Endre there, which we liked call the supreme knee IPO. And this was the point I was trying to make when I start talking about this was surprisingly is the biggest. It'd be like having Budweiser in America, right? It's their, it's their national beer. I, at least I'm ninety percent sure. It's Hungary and if I'm wrong, just tweet me let me know, but it's everywhere, but surprisingly decided to get in on the action and make their own IP. So normal. So you think, okay, this is going to be crap. Well, it's certainly not the best we've ever had thought it's decent and it was enjoyable to drink, and it was really cheap, like two dollars me me. Right. So if you're out and you're looking for and you're not at a specific craft beer bar, but you're at one of these regular bars or pubs soup Supromega Roney. you can usually find way way better than the actual regular surprise me. I will say that because I tried to, I did like stomach a tiny bit of the regular supreme me, and it was not exactly the best. So supremely I pay pretty good. I want to throw in here place that we walked by a couple of times I went in, but it was always so crowded. We actually didn't stop get a drink, but it's unique in its own. Right. That's called the four sale pub. And that is right across the street from the central market, and you can what's interesting about it is you go in and people have just put pieces of paper all over the wall. So I guess it started because people are putting stuff up for sale listing stuff. That makes sense. It's, it's a little weird. It's pretty cool. There's peanuts all over the floor. It's a bit touristy now, but it's just a unique little spot right across from central market. That's easy to find. So you could check it out the four sale pub. And of course, we talked at the top of the show about all the ruined pubs. We've already mentioned them soon. Unique to Budapest where they started, and they're really fun to drink at. And you know, even simple Kurt has like a craft beer bar. It also has a wine bar has a cocktail bar and it has like a bunch of other regular Basel, whatever wine you got me wasn't the best idea yet. It stick with beer. I didn't get it from the wine bar. Allies. Close. Yeah, the wine bars close so you could check all those out as well. If you're someone who likes beer. That's cool. You probably don't start until at least noon, which means you gotta get your coffee fix in the morning..
"hungary" Discussed on Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
"To do less cafes. Let's places to eat much, much much quieter. If you had maybe two weeks air, maybe you split and check them both out. We did not stay on the Buda side. We stayed in the pesticide and that's where most of the people will stay. And I think if you're wanting to walk more which we did and we'll get into how walkable of a city it is if you wanted to walk more staying on the pest side might make more sense because you can walk over to the Buddhist side and see the castle, but it's not a, it's not as hilly and be. There's just more of the things to do are on that side and that's where we stayed. So if you're looking into side, there's district it set up in districts much like Paris, kind of in these circles that that go from the middle. And so- district one is right by the castle, and there's another district right on the side called district, eleven by the Geller baths, the famous famous bass, you can see them from across the river, right? So those are the kind of areas we sport on the Buddha side. On the pest side, you have district five, which is kind of the inner core. Right, right by the river on the pest side. And then you have district six, seven and eight which are right above that. And I would say district five is a little bit touristy. It's kind of where all the tourists shops are. It's right next to the river. So. We walked through it and there are some restaurants and things like that there that we went to. But I mean, you can obviously stay there too, but I preferred not staying there. It's where more of the chain hotels right on the rivers and intercontinental. And I think a Marriott and things like that. If you stay in district six, seven or eight and we stay in district seven, which is the Jewish quarter and is known as the party district. Now we stayed in the thing about the party district is a fairly big, so you can stay in all these different Airbnb like we did that are not right next to all the ruined pubs and all the clubs that are happening. So we stay in district seven, but we are, and we were close walk to all the stuff and all the, you know, the party scene, but we weren't right above it and you couldn't hear it or anything like that. So for us, we stay district seven. I think he was stay district six, seven or eight. You're gonna be definitely close enough to either. To get down to the river and to get over to the side. And so I would recommend that six. Seven or eight somewhere in there? Yeah, and they're all really beautiful. These areas are just like the architecture and the buildings and the little shops in the cafes that are scattered around six, seven and eight, I think are much cuter than district five. Yes. Yes. I know. I feel like what does that that we're in Hungary. District seven, we said Jewish quarter, the party district district eight. If you're close to the river is an area called the palace district, which I loved walking, beautiful, beautiful way, quieter, but still right near everything. So that might be something you look at right behind the national museum? Yeah. If we did it again, I would stay there. Yeah, and that's. And that's district that's district eight. And then you ought district six is like the financial kind of area. So any of those are going to work and you're going to be able to get in between him and there's they're not distinct differences. Right? Like I only know because I was looking at maps and drawing it all maps, what district Rian, but you're not going to have dinner. You're not gonna have an idea. So when we talk about where to stay district six, seven or eight, make sure I think at our preferences inside that there's kind of a ring road that goes around district five and cuts it off from district six, seven or eight, and there's another ring road that cuts that cut six, seven, and eight and a half. If you stay inside that second ring road, I and the name you are getting rears. The name changes stay south are like inside the octagon area and you're going to be able to easily walk to anything..
"hungary" Discussed on WIMS AM 1420
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"hungary" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"Here's how she qualified and who went to every world cup of it and they were like 25 24 28 people in all you have to do is this be there consistently on a team that doesn't have enough skiers in hungary her hungary and she may their finishing at the top thirty entered entrance if that's what's important when you say there's a great forty four skiers who tells you your top third exactly so she goes to hungary's compete for hungary brilliant now we can't show the highlights 'cause the nbc embargoes them until their over but here is she literally just skeet up the slope turned around ski down the slope skeet up didn't jump noguri they exert up the slope where doubtless slow skied out the slow now that is a like you didn't quite air honored her there that was a or maybe issues i mean they got steadily for like eightday was meet at least put it out there may be hurt maybe we got do cornered series which he was this she's not a steer she's can't do this she's in is the olympics but you could do this bt scheme of all the scheme even one who elected anyone who can ski could have done what she did she just went up turn went down yeah that went up turned went down off your sphere it's not hoarded all there's no doubt i beat it's like it's like shoot the free throw for you play varsity best gad otherwise you play question ask the question is because look i love the olympics but i'm not a purist of the olympics i think this is also i think this is a really funny he's like if that was was appears they'd be like this is.
"hungary" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"From deportation to the concentration camps he's been telling me about his wartime resistance efforts transgender gatuma nieman the dealer budapest grad here when the germans invaded hungary change my identified caitian dork mr area i left the flatter was living and as a jew and started to live with a different identity as a gentle a few days later the leaders of the underground zionist youth movement told me i'd be joining a team to forge documents i became part of the biggest rescue operation during the holocaust run by jews i was eighteen at the time david gura with now ninety one years old he's lively in clear thinking despite his age as a young man he lived through a period of 'extraordinary danger and drama in his native hungary resisting nazi occupation it was a march of 1944 when hitler ordered the invasion of hungary the nazi leader that become increasingly distrustful of his erstwhile allies in budapest fearing they would turning against him so we sent tanks and troops to install a new fascist regime and do almost immediately hungary's million also jews was singled out for attack then the widow teddy chilean one of their first was to ban jews from travelling juice who arrived at train stations and weren't aware of these new orders were arrested taken to detention camps and where the first to go to auschwitz the germans had lists of thousands of prominent you news and they arrested them immediately a month or two after the invasion orders were sent out all the hungarian provinces for jews.